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Changing World Means Challenges and Opportunities for Privacy Protection

PERSONAL PRIVACY

February 12, 2010

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart believes "personal information requires more protection than ever before." That was one of the themes in Stoddart's remarks Thursday at the 11th Annual Privacy and Security Conference. When Stoddart became Canada's privacy commissioner seven years ago, "Facebook didn't exist. Neither did Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Google Street View, Foursquare, iPods and all the many novel ways in which people now routinely connect with the rest of the world," she said, and with new technology and expectations have come new challenges. The commissioner explained that "the regulatory framework we have in place now for the protection of privacy and personal information is already being sorely tested," and the future includes finding the best route to improve current Canadian laws while continuing to work with the international community. As Stoddart put it, "A robust and coherent set of principles and guidelines, adopted around the world, will do much to preserve and promote the privacy rights of Canadians."
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