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Stoddart: Border Agreement Shouldn’t Sacrifice Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA & U.S.

November 15, 2011

The perimeter agreement negotiations currently underway between Canada and the U.S. "can easily be compared to two individuals drastically redefining their relationship," writes Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart in The Huffington Post Canada. Noting that both countries "strongly value their privacy and realize its importance to the vitality of our democracies," Stoddart points out that "some key legislative differences on privacy protection exist between our countries," meaning that Canadians should "think about what we share and where we differ." Stoddart highlights three main differences between U.S. and Canadian approaches to privacy, including the protection of citizens' privacy from the federal government; national privacy legislation and an independent authority to oversee privacy issues.
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