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Opinion: Bill "Has Bark But No Bite"

PRIVACY LAW

June 4, 2010

Canadian scholar Michael Geist says a bill tabled last week could do more harm than good. The University of Ottawa law professor writes in the Toronto Star that the Safeguarding Canadians' Personal Information Act, C-29, "is a disappointment that falls short of striking the right balance between protecting Canadians, encouraging appropriate safeguards of personal information and guarding against overwhelming Canadians with too many choices." The bill would establish a security breach disclosure requirement, but Geist says the high threshold it sets for disclosure and the lack of penalties for non-disclosures takes the bite out of the "long overdue" legislation.  
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