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Privacy Commissioners Focus on Tools to Keep Private Info Private

DATA PROTECTION

January 29, 2010

Privacy commissioners used the forum provided by Data Privacy Day yesterday to focus on ways to protect personal information transmitted from computer to computer, the Edmonton Sun reports. On a panel with BC Privacy Commissioner David Loukidelis and Saskatchewan Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson, Alberta privacy boss Frank Work spoke about new laws coming this spring requiring companies to report breaches and holding them responsible for data losses or thefts by overseas cloud computing contractors. Dickson, meanwhile, warned of "the twin Cs" of data loss: "carelessness and curiosity." Separately, Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian described Privacy by Design, explaining that "embedding privacy into technology in a proactive way...is preventing privacy abuses beforehand. Privacy as a default is going to be the strongest protection you can have."
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