Opinion: C-29 Disappoints
PRIVACY LAW—CANADAMay 27, 2010
A Canadian scholar weighs in on one of two bills tabled by Industry Minister Tony Clement this week, calling C-29--the Safeguarding Canadians' Personal Information Act--a "huge disappointment." On his blog, University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist describes the bill to amend the country's private sector privacy law to include breach notification requirements as "very weak when compared with similar laws found elsewhere." Geist cites a lack of penalties for failures to notify and outlines the bill's new business exceptions, concluding that "C-29 does not do nearly enough to advance the Canadian privacy law framework in a manner that actually protects personal privacy."