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Commissioner: Prioritize Privacy or Watch It Go Away

DATA PROTECTION—CANADA

August 18, 2010

Now is the time for governments to radically change the way they police the sharing of personal information. That's according to Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ann Cavoukian, who said at a University of Ottawa event this week that already legislation cannot keep up with advances in technology and that governments worldwide must adopt a "privacy by design" mentality and force businesses to make personal information private, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Cavoukian's privacy by design concept requires businesses to ask individuals for access to their personal information and explain the intended use before mining it. "It's your information, You should be able to decide what happens to it," Cavoukian said. "Privacy must become the default." Editor's note: Commissioner Cavoukian will lead the "Practical Privacy by Design: A Hands-On Workshop" preconference session at the upcoming IAPP Privacy Academy.
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