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Dominion Voting Systems Sues pro-Trump Lawyer Sidney Powell

On January 8, 2021, Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against lawyer Sidney Powell demanding over $1.3 billion in damages caused by her proliferation of "wild" and "demonstrably false" accusations that it rigged the 2020 U.S. election, was created in Venezuela to manipulate elections for Hugo Chavez and that ...
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Canada’s New Data Protection Bill: Is It Adequate?

On November 17, 2020, the Canadian federal government tabled Bill C-11 in the House of Commons. If passed, the Digital Charter Implementation Act will enact two new pieces of legislation: the Consumer Privacy Protection Act and the Data Protection Tribunal Act. Together, they form a long-awaited overhaul to federal privacy legislation. 1 ...
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The SolarWinds Hack

On December 14, 2020, SolarWinds announced that its network management software, Orion, had been targeted by a cyberespionage operation. The hackers inserted malicious code into Orion software updates rolled out to nearly 18,000 customers. The initial reports confirmed that the scope of the breach includes the U.S. Treasury Department and ...
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Information Privacy and Government Silos

Gone are the days when hard boiled detectives sat at their desks in smokey offices banging out reports on a Remington typewriter immortalized in film noir. In the digital world law enforcement now regularly hoovers personal information from smartphones, computers and social media. Data bases maintained by government and private ...
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Border Searches Ruled Unconstitutional

Canadian constitutional law recognizes that international travellers have a reduced expectation of privacy when crossing the border. Border officers have extraordinary powers to question, detain, search and seize that are grounded in the right of Canada to protect its national sovereignty. Until recently, border officers could demand passcodes and rifle ...
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The Sandworm Conspiracy

On October 15, 2020, a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, indicted six military officers in Unit 74455 of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) for worldwide hacking campaigns designed to advance Russia's strategic interests. The hacker team, known as Sandworm and operating out of a building simply called "the ...
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Facial Recognition: The People Push Back

Fully-automated identification technology can undermine personal privacy and public anonymity in an instant. Combined with other tools of mass surveillance, it bridges the gap between the physical and digital worlds. Despite serious privacy and human rights concerns, the use of facial recognition software has spread across the globe with breathtaking ...
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Privacy and Wi-Fi Location Data

The Internet and the smartphone are essential to meaningful participation in modern life. But accessing the Internet often requires using Wi-Fi networks, particularly by students, travellers, businesses and low-income people. The use of Wi-Fi generates precise location data that reveals core biographical information about its users and identifies where they ...
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Automated Licence Plate Readers

An automated licence plate reader combines a high-speed camera with image-processing technology to capture licence plate numbers and enable surveillance by the collection and retention of bulk data. The data collected includes date, time and location, and may also include images of the vehicle, the driver and any passengers. They ...
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What Is a Geofence Warrant?

The use of a new investigative technique by law enforcement, called a geofence warrant, has been gradually emerging over the past year. Google is at the forefront of the early media attention and the nascent legal developments in the United States. Two federal magistrate judges in three separate opinions in ...
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