COVID-19 intensifies need to provide high-speed internet access to all Canadians as new internet providers seek to enter the market
The federal government has promised to connect
98% of all Canadians to high-speed internet by 2026. The new target represents a 3% increase over the 2019 budget
, which outlined plans to connect 95% of Canadians by that same year.
The existing Universal Broadband Fund will receive an additional $750 million in funding to help achieve this goal, bringing the fund’s new total to $1.75 billion.
Budget 2019 also included plans to “advance Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite capacity to serve the most rural and remote regions of Canada.” Last month, with an approval from the CRTC
for a Basic Telecommunications Services licence, LEO satellite company SpaceX came a few steps closer to doing so.
Proposed amendments to the Broadcasting Act would require “online broadcasters” to contribute to Canadian content
The federal government introduced new amendments
to the Broadcasting Act last week to ensure that “online broadcasters contribute to the creation, production, and distribution of Canadian stories.” The amendments, contained in Bill C-10
, would target a collection of online streaming platforms such as Netflix, Spotify, and Crave.
Privacy investigation finds facial recognition software for customer analytics used without consent
A joint investigation
by the federal, British Columbia, and Alberta Privacy Commissioners found that one of Canada’s largest shopping mall companies used facial recognition software for customer analytics without consent.
The decision highlighted the need to use personal information appropriately with new and emerging tech, particularly when biometric or other sensitive personal information is involved. It also clarified that ‘overly broad’ clauses ‘buried’ in the middle of privacy policies are not enough to support meaningful consent.
Amid US election headlines, California vote defines gig-economy workers as independent contractors, not employees
While the American presidential election has rightly garnered much attention, election results in California
clarified the status of gig-economy workers operating in the state, defining them as independent contractors and not employees. The vote follows years of legal debates between law makers, gig-economy workers, and several prominent food delivery and ride share companies.
Going forward, gig-economy workers will maintain their status as “independent contractors” while receiving some additional benefits, including minimum pay rates, health-care subsidies, and insurance.