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Stoddart: Fining Powers May Be Necessary

DATA PROTECTION—CANADA

January 21, 2011

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says her office may need fine-levying authority in order to more effectively protect the privacy of Canadians, according to an article in The Wire Report. In a speech at the University of Ottawa's Centre for Law, Technology and Society on Wednesday, Stoddart said, "I am increasingly of the view that we may need stronger powers to be an effective privacy guardian for Canadians. Canada has become one of the few major countries where the data protection regulator lacks the ability to issue orders and impose fines." Editor's note: To learn more about the fine-issuing capabilities of privacy regulators worldwide, see the IAPP's 2010 Data Protection Authorities Global Benchmarking Survey. (IAPP member login required.)
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