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On August 13, the Ontario government launched a public consultation to solicit input on “creating a legislative framework for privacy in the province’s private sector,” citing longstanding public concern over data privacy intensified by increased reliance on digital platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic. While there have been rumblings of reform at the federal level, including the government’s May 2019 release of an aspirational “Digital Charter” and accompanying proposals for modernizing PIPEDA, it’s not clear how extensive the changes will be, or when Canadians can expect them, especially with the parliamentary schedule having been disrupted by the pandemic. The introduction of an Ontario data protection strategy might thus come as a welcome development to those eager for reform who are understandably frustrated being at the mercy of a slow-moving federal process. But there are more reasons to be wary of further fragmenting privacy legislation along provincial or territorial lines.
Every year, the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) publishes a report seeking to prove that Canada’s telecommunications industry compares favorably with other jurisdictions. Throughout its analysis, the MEI simply places too great a premium on having the latest and greatest technology. Consumers care far more about getting a fair price and high usage allowance. Allowing telecommunications carriers to exercise their market power sacrifices what consumers care about most for luxury options they would happily do without.
When a customer of Tello Mobile (a US wireless service provider) roams in Canada, they pay 3¢/minute for calls and 1¢/SMS. Plus, the customer does not have to top-up their account to keep it from expiring. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and National Pensioners Federation (NPF) have filed an application with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today seeking to address this gap in the Canadian market.
Home internet consumers will be better protected under today's changes by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to the competitor quality of service regime.
Visa Canada and MasterCard Canada recently announced agreements that will eventually allow merchants to impose checkout fees or surcharges on credit card transactions. This post explores a few of the possible implications for Canadian consumers.
A number of securities regulators in Canada are backing away from discussions to introduce a regulatory best interest standard. PIAC believes it is time to demand leadership on this issue from another source-the Ontario Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa.
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