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Canada Reviews PIPEDA

Magazine article Information Management

Canada Reviews PIPEDA

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Since Canada passed its privacy law--the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)--in 2001, the privacy commissioner has conducted more than 350 investigations into apparent breaches.

That's the good news. The bad news is that, even five years after its passage, PIPEDA has not slowed a rise in identity theft or pretexting crimes, nor has it prevented an increase in spam.

In November 2006, the Canadian Parliament began a "statutorily mandated" review of PIPEDA, which requires organizations to create and disclose clear privacy use and dissemination notices to their customers. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics solicited public comment and heard testimony from Industry Canada officials, Canada's privacy commissioner, and the Department of Justice.

Both PIPEDA's critics and Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart have called for the law to be tougher. Stoddart has actually given the law more teeth by demanding in the letters of finding her office sends out after conducting an investigation that organizations provide specific details about how they will improve their data security programs. …

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