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Stoddart: Getting and Enforcing the Right Laws Is Key

ONLINE PRIVACY

June 22, 2012

A recent poll by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner showed that two-thirds of respondents “think protecting their personal information will be one of the most important issues over the next few years.” Financial Post reports that the study supports the belief held by some leading privacy experts that privacy is more important to people than ever. “We have a culture of revelation…that really hasn’t been available to us before. A lot of people mistakenly take that point and say, ‘Oh, people no longer care about privacy…’ That’s not really what’s going on,” says Ian Kerr of the University of Ottawa. Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says “privacy values are alive and well.” The key is getting the right laws in place and getting service providers to respect them, the report states.
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