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Stoddart: Global Data Flow Complicates Privacy Regulations

PRIVACY—CANADA

March 16, 2010

Real-time globalization and the instantaneous worldwide flow of data are changing the terrain of privacy regulation. That's according to Jennifer Stoddart, Canada's privacy commissioner, speaking at last month's Privacy and Security Conference in Victoria. Stoddart said the changes in international data flow, among others, have resulted in significant challenges for administering protective privacy regulations for Canadians' personal information. The Spanish Initiative, a draft international privacy standard recently endorsed in Madrid, is a "valuable first step towards a harmonized approach to data protection" she said, adding that Canada is working more closely with other countries to create uniform rules and standards, the London Free Press reports. However, Stoddard acknowledged that "a single, enforceable global standard for privacy won't materialize overnight--if ever."
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