Real and Substantial Connections: Enforcing Canadian Privacy Laws Against American Social Networking Companies

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2014

Authors

Bennett, Colin J.
Parsons, Christopher A.
Adam, Molnar

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Journal of Law, Information & Science

Abstract

Any organisation that captures personal data in Canada for processing is deemed to have a ‘real and substantial connection’ to Canada and thus fall within the jurisdiction of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC). What has been the experience of enforcing Canadian privacy protection law on US-based social networking services? We analyse some of the high-profile enforcement actions by the Privacy Commissioner. We also test compliance through an analysis of the privacy policies of the top 23 SNSs operating in Canada and through the use of access to personal information requests. Our analysis suggests that non-compliance is widespread, and is explained by the countervailing conceptions of jurisdiction inherent in corporate policy and technical system design.

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Bennett, C.J., Parsons, C.A. & Molnar, A. (2014). Real and Substantial Connections: Enforcing Canadian Privacy Laws Against American Social Networking Companies. Journal of Law, Information & Science, 23(1), 50-74. Retrieved from http://www8.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/journals/JlLawInfoSci/2014/3.html