State surveillance programs spell serious consequences for business -- could Canada be next? A few weeks ago the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rendered a judgment that invalidated the Safe Harbour Decision that heretofore had allowed U.S. companies to transfer and store personal data of EU citizens in the U.S. as long as they voluntarily agreed to respect certain principles.
Jillian Friedman is a Quebec attorney; she currently acts as counsel to the Bitcoin Embassy and advises clients in the digital currency industry. She is also involved in preparing representations that will be made before the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce's digital currency investigation and will be in Toronto later this month to sit on a legal panel regarding digital currency. She holds a B.A., honours in Political Science from McGill University as well as an LL.B. and J.D. from Université de Montréal.
The Pirate Bay is a popular website for the BitTorrent downloading of music, movies, games, software and much more. Swedish police raided the site by seizing its servers in Stockholm, allegedly in connection with violation of copyright law. The Pirate Bay shutdown isn't the first and likely won't be the last of its kind. Law enforcement agencies have been raiding the Pirate Bay service since 2006. The key challenge to pursuing consumers who share and download content in violation of copyrights is identifying them. Proposed solutions to this challenge pose serious privacy law concerns.
12/10/2014 06:44 EST
The imminent arrival of compliance requirements to the virtual currency industry means that bitcoin businesses starting up in Canada should set up their business model and practices in ways that facilitate compliance with not only anti-money laundering laws, but privacy and consumer protection laws as well.
04/02/2014 05:00 EDT
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