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Clement Willing To Discuss ICO Fining Powers

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

May 10, 2011

In response to Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart's call for the power to impose "significant, attention-getting fines" for data breaches, Industry Minister Tony Clement said he's willing to discuss the idea, The Vancouver Sun reports. Stoddart said last week that the most recent proposal to update the privacy law--which was tabled in May of 2010 and was based on a review done in 2008--is now "out of synch" with the "continuing occurrence of major data breaches." Clement on Friday agreed that it would "behoove us" to do the consultations again and said that the bill "is a pretty critical component of the broader digital economy strategy."
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