Teresa Scassa - Blog

Privacy
Ontario is currently engaged in a data strategy consultation process. The stated goals are to create economic opportunities and to improve government services by facilitating greater data sharing and by using more analytics and artificial intelligence. The plan is to do this while maintaining the ‘trust and confidence’ of Ontarians. The consultation process has had an extraordinarily low profile considering what is at stake. That said, it is happening so quickly that it is easy…

An interesting case from Quebec demonstrates the tension between privacy and transparency when it comes to public registers that include personal information. It also raises issues around ownership and control of data, including the measures used to prevent data scraping. The way the litigation was framed means that not all of these questions are answered in the decision, leaving some lingering public policy questions. Quebec’s Enterprise Registrar oversees a registry, in the form of a…

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