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Canadians Travelling to Europe: It is Now Illegal To Take Pictures

As you probably know already by receiving hundreds of emails about it, Europe has introduced a new draconic law called General Data Protection Regulation which states what you can do and can not do with data that you have collected. The GDPR for short has come into effect as of May 25th, 2018.

Maybe you have been under a rock last few months you have no idea and asking WTF is GDPR – here is the summary for you:

The objective of this new set of rules is to give citizens back control over of their personal data, and to simplify the regulatory environment for business. The data protection reform is a key enabler of the Digital Single Market which the Commission has prioritised. The reform will allow European citizens and businesses to fully benefit from the digital economy.

So basically starting this year, after spending few thousand dollars to get to Europe from say Montreal and are strolling along Champs-Elysees in Paris, be careful when taking pictures. If you take a picture, and there is another person’s face on that picture, you could be fined and potentially (?) jailed.

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But no so fast, buster. Do not ask your parents to PayPal you money to get you out of jail just yet.

Basically, Europe is getting very overzealous on protecting its citizens’ rights. As per their photo taking GDRP policy , they warn you to be careful when taking photos when other people are present.

Our culture must change into one which accepts that all individuals enjoy a reasonable expectation of privacy. What might constitute a good candid picture for a street photographer might, on the other hand, adversely affect the privacy rights of the individual captured on the photograph, particularly where such person might be facing difficult situations or extraordinary life circumstances.

Therefore, this Office strongly recommends that when the  photographer intends to publish or commercially use a photograph clearly identifying a data subject, the provisions of article 9(a) of the Data Protection Act must be satisfied. This shall mean that no processing shall be allowed without the informed consent of the data subject.

So to summarize, you can still take photos of Eiffel Tour just make sure you use it for your own enjoyment or maybe show it to your parents when you get home and that is it.

Where it gets interesting, anything else you do with the image but keep it on your camera might get you in trouble.

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So if you decide to take that picture and upload it to Facebook for example – this would fall under the law that can get you in trouble.

Basically, if you post a photo on Facebook (now publicly available – does not matter if you just have 1 friend on facebook) – now you will get in trouble

  • whether the photo was taken in a public place;
  •  whether the individual is a public person;
  • whether the publication was in the public interest; and
  • whether the photograph was taken during a public event.

But you are a law-abiding citizen and do not want to get in trouble? Before taking a picture, brilliant European government is asking you to go around and get “informed consent of the data subject”.

Lars Rieck is an European lawyer specializing in photography:

Street photography in my mind will have a big problem now.

If you have the consent of the person on your picture, there’s no problem. You can use the picture. But this consent has to be informed, as they say. So you have to tell the person in advance what you want to do with the picture. And also, a big drawback is consent can be taken back anytime.

OK you say, this is nuts, I am not gonna go asking hundreds of people for authorization just to take a picture of Berlin Wall – what am I to do? Easy, before publishing your photos to social media, you would need to erase all peoples’ faces.

If you still publish that photo, the people in the photo can file a claim against you, and the European agency can fine you, or ask you to delete the photo from the media where you have posted it.

You have been warned!

SOURCE: https://www.npr.org/2018/05/24/614195844/new-eu-data-protection-law-could-affect-people-who-take-pictures-with-their-phon

Bell Canada Hacked, User Data Breached

Bell Canada is alerting its users that it was hacked and user data was taken. It said that hackers have accessed the customer personal information.

Media reports that potentially as many as 100,000 users are affected by this data breach. Bell Canada did not confirm the exact number as of yet.


In the data that was obtained by hackers – there were such things as names, emails, company names and phone numbers.  Bell said that no credit card or banking info was obtained.

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RCMP is taking over investigation.

Update: New Super Nintendo Edition Console Is No Longer Banned in Quebec

Update: Few weeks ago, when we wrote the story, it was clear that due to language requirements new super Nintendo was not allowed to be sold  in Quebec because it was not translated into Quebec’s version of French language.

However just recently, ToysRUs Canada has twitted that restriction has been lifed and now you can buy it in Quebec after all:

This is quite interesting, because under recently introduced law new super Nintendo should not pass muster as it breaks the law under the provincial legislation (see below).

You have to wonder what happened? Did French Language Authority in Quebec have authorized the usage and made a one time exception for Nintendo, or were the rules changed in that province for uni-lingual games? Or maybe Nintendo complied and translated all games into Quebec specific French? No one knows for sure.

Either way it is great story that it ended this way and now users in Quebec can be on par with Canada and the US and order their loved console even though it will be a max of one console per person and no preorders in Quebec.

Original story:

If you are living in the province of Quebec, you might be surprised that you will not be able fulfill your nostalgia with an Old New Super Nintendo NES edition, featuring a lot of hit games from the 1990s.

This is due to Quebec recently introduced law in 2009 to protect French language requiring all toys / electronics to have Quebec French translation.

You can familiarize yourself with the law if you speak French here but basically it says that all games must be translated into Quebec French (French from France will not do) if it is also available in French in other parts of the world: https://www.oqlf.gouv.qc.ca/francisation/consommateurs/secteur/jeux_video/details_entente.pdf

Nintendo has decided not to bother with translation into Quebec French and 7 million potential customers in Quebec. Doing so would take ages to translate hundreds of old games from the 90s into this specific French used in Quebec.

Some users lashed out at Nintendo for lack of translation. While some others defended Nintendo and lashed out at Quebec instead as well as that province’s “oppressive regime”:

NES Nintendo will be released to the world on September 29th, 2017 and is currently unavailable for purchase in Quebec. If you still want to buy it – you might need to bootleg it from neighboring Ontario  or the US.

Nintendo also stays clear of Quebec when it does its contests in America – where it excludes Quebec residents from entering its sweepstakes: