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PRIVACY—CANADA

April 26, 2010

What began as a sole focus on the information access and privacy rights of the citizens of Quebec has evolved into a role of global influence for Canada's federal privacy commissioner. The Financial Post spoke with Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart recently about her decade-long engagement in the privacy sphere. Stoddart is in the last year of her seven-year term as the nation's top privacy regulator. She said she realized early on that "this job couldn't be done just in Canada." The article points to the global influence of her office's activities, such as its seminal investigation into Facebook's privacy practices and, more recently, the 10-nation accord calling to task Google, Inc., and other Internet companies to better respect the privacy of users.
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