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Expert: Information Protection Rules "Toothless"

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

June 14, 2010

The Daily News reports that current federal and provincial laws are not doing enough to protect personal data stored
electronically, using as an example the recent thefts of laptops from financial institutions in Nanaimo. The report points
out that under both the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and provincial law,
there is no obligation for financial companies to disclose what client information was stored on the stolen computers.
Technology and e-business attorney David Canton warns that changes proposed to amend PIPEDA "are rather toothless...There
certainly remains a lack of power for the police to force any company to inform their clients that their personal information
may have been breached."
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