Data Center: Characterization of Equipment Under the Municipal Taxation Act – Proceed with Caution

On October 9, 2013, the Administrative Tribunal of Québec (Immovable Property Section) (the “Tribunal”) rendered a decision concerning the inclusion on the property assessment role of the City of Montreal (the “City”) of certain equipment used in the operation of a data center, specifically the computer servers housed in the building where the center operates.

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Data Breach Notification Obligations Coming into Force

This article originally appeared on The Lawyer’s Daily website published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. on May 7, 2018.
On June 18, 2015, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) was amended to impose data breach reporting requirements. On April 18, 2018, the federal government released the Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations (The “Regulation”), which set forth the rules and requirements applicable in the event of a breach of security safeguards affecting personal information. The Regulation will come into effect on November 1, 2018, at the same time as the statutory requirements pertaining to data breach reporting.

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An Attempted Fraud Thwarted by Langlois lawyers’ Cyber-Security and Business Law Team

A recent case – beware!
Recently we received a request for assistance from a foreign lawyer in connection with a commercial transaction involving a Quebec company. The email was short, concise and seemed perfectly legitimate. We began our approach by checking whether the lawyer in question was featured on the website of his purported law firm and whether the sender’s email address corresponded to that indicated on the firm’s website, and it did.

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