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Asst. Commissioner: OPC Needs Stronger Powers

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

May 3, 2010

Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) needs to be strengthened to better handle threats from certain online services, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada may need stronger powers to deal with the challenges they pose. That was the message from Assistant Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham at a recent consultation in Toronto, itbusiness.ca reports. Denham, who is responsible for PIPEDA, said that given the challenges posed by new technology, "we very well may need stronger powers...We have a study underway at our office with two academics looking at whether stronger enforcement powers are warranted." Two more events to gather input on updating PIPEDA are scheduled in Montreal on May 19 and Calgary on June 21.
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