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Commissioner to Tech Industry: Build in Privacy

DATA PROTECTION

October 8, 2010

At the Government Technology Conference yesterday, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said that private sector developers need to incorporate privacy safeguards into new technology, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Stoddart said federal departments "need to know that developers in the private sector are incorporating the privacy safeguards that the public expects." Audit trails and privacy impact assessments can fail, she said, if security is not built into the hardware and programming the government buys. "Every chain is only as strong as its weakest link," Stoddart said. The commissioner also mentioned the need for updating decades-old privacy legislation, which she described as "almost quaint."
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