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Commissioner: Breach Notification Should Be Mandatory

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

April 12, 2012

BC Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham wants private businesses to be required to report privacy breaches. BC needs to amend its Personal Information Protection Act, Denham told CBC News, or watch the province fall behind other jurisdictions. Breaches have reached "epidemic" proportions there, she says, adding that her office investigated 500 cases last year in the private and public sectors, and often times her office found out about the breaches as a result of media reports. "I would like to get a commitment from government--but I know that they are looking at it," Denham said.
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