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Commissioner: OPC Fining Powers Are Needed


May 6, 2011

In a speech on Wednesday, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart spoke about Sony's recent data breaches and described the need for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to have fining powers, reports The Globe and Mail. Citing an "alarming trend towards ever-bigger data breaches," Stoddart said she will ask Industry Canada to rework proposed legislation that would give her the ability to impose "significant, attention-getting fines." Though the commissioner was "disappointed" that her office was not notified by the company about the breach, she noted that "since my office contacted Sony, the company has been very cooperative." 
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