News from Michael Geist

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.

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Canadian Privacy in the Age of Trump: Michael Geist

A discussion on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin on privacy issues in light of the Trump Executive Order that eliminates Privacy Act protections for non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

February 10, 2017

Pokémon Go Craze Brings New 'Augmented Reality' Legal Issues Into Light

Privacy issues with the popular game are significant, given the vast amount of data - much of it involving locational information – collected through the app: Michael Geist.

July 19, 2016

C-51 Reform, TPP Top the List of 'Real Change' Tech Policy Priorities: Michael Geist

Bill C-51, Trans Pacific Partnership, telecom competition, copyright access for the blind, and open government are some digital issues that deserve attention by the new federal government.

October 29, 2015

A Conversation About Bill C-51: How the Anti-Terrorism Bill Undermines Canadian Privacy

This post contains the opening comments made by the author while participating on a panel on Bill C-51 at the University of Ottawa.

March 25, 2015

Why The Anti-Terrorism Bill is Really an Anti-Privacy Bill: Bill C-51's Evisceration of Privacy Protection

With respect to privacy and Bill C-51, lack of oversight, which critics have emphasized, is only a part of the problem: Michael Geist.

March 13, 2015

'Total Information Awareness': The Disastrous Privacy Consequences of Bill C-51

"The cumulative effect [of the bill] is to grant government near-total power to share information for purposes that extend far beyond terrorism with few safeguards or privacy protections": Michael Geist.

February 23, 2015

Government Documents Reveal Ineffective and Inconsistent Policies Amid Widespread Demands for Subscriber Information

Requests for information to federal government departments reveal what blogger Michael Geist calls "an inconsistent mess."

September 19, 2014

Enforcing CASL: How To Report Spam Violations

The government has established a Spam Reporting Centre that is currently accepting reports of commercial electronic messages sent without consent or with false or misleading content.

July 04, 2014

Michael Geist - The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Internet Surveillance: What Canadians Can Do

The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance is a global effort to galvanize people around the world to speak out against ubiquitous surveillance.

February 11, 2014

Technology and the Law in 2014: 14 Questions in Need of Answers

Law professor Michael Geist says the coming year is likely to be a very significant one for law and technology - he lists 14 questions at issue in his column.

January 09, 2014

Alberta court rules police must provide an accused with internet access to exercise their right to counsel

After a 19-year old accused man struggled to find a lawyer using the telephone, the court ruled that police must provide an accused with Internet access in order to exercise their right to counsel.

February 20, 2013