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OPC Releases Annual Report

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

June 6, 2012

The Canadian federal privacy commissioner has released an annual report to Parliament on private-sector privacy law, Postmedia News reports. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner's report highlights the growing privacy risks children face and calls on Parliament to review Canada's federal privacy law and grant the privacy commissioner additional powers. Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said, "I am very, very disappointed that we're not moving ahead with privacy reform issues," adding, "They're long overdue." A proposal tabled last fall would have mandated breach reporting to the commissioner but has not moved beyond its first reading. "We have to have powers that will be respected by these huge multinational corporations that are doing business online," Stoddart said, "and you need a strong voice to be heard by them."
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