Recent Canadian Privacy Legislation and Caselaw: The Practical Effects for Police Services

November 25, 2015 10:15am

R.K. Friesen
Counsel RCMP Legal Advisory Section
Department of Justice Canada

Sukanya Pillay
Executive Director and General Counsel
Canadian Civil Liberties Association

  • R.v. Spencer — the Supreme Court of Canada on privacy, internet anonymity, and cell phone searches
    • A discussion of the positive and negative effects of this recent decision on investigations
    • Best practices following the Spencer decision
  • Bill C-13, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act:
    • The scope of the new offense of non-consensual distribution of intimate images
    • New investigative powers and procedures under this legislation
    • How these powers and procedures are being implemented
    • The “on the ground effect” of this legislation on police activities
    • Positive and negative implications of this new legislation
  • Bill C-51, Anti-Terrorism Act 2015:
    • An overview of the expanded means of information sharing among agencies, and other increased capabilities under this legislation
    • Potential implications on privacy
    • A discussion on the basis of Charter challenges to Bill C-51
    • A review of the status of Charter challenges to Bill C-51, if known, at the time of the program
  • British Columbia’s Bill 3- 2014 Missing Persons Act:
    • Privacy issues raised by this legislation
    • The operational impact of this new Act
  • Recent amendments to PIPEDA: new powers of information sharing by retailers