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Monday, 10 August 2020 08:58

How Will COVID Alert Measure Up?

Written by Teresa Scassa
  Canada’s new exposure notification app – COVID Alert has launched in Ontario. This shifts the focus from whether to adopt an app and what type to how we will know if the app is a success. COVID Alert is built upon the Google Apple Exposure Notification System (GAEN) which is a completely decentralized model. This means that none of the proximity data collected via the app is shared with public authorities. GAEN apps must…

  On July 10, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a split decision in a constitutional law case with interesting implications for privacy law. The Quebec government had challenged the constitutionality of Canada’s 2017 Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (the Act), arguing that it fell outside federal jurisdiction over criminal law and intruded upon areas of provincial jurisdiction. It had brought its challenge by way of a reference case to the Quebec Court of Appeal. That…

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