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Committee Calls for Voluntary OPC Guidelines

ONLINE PRIVACY—CANADA

April 26, 2013

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information and Privacy is not recommending the government give the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) power to fine companies for breaking federal privacy law, instead calling on the OPC to “establish guidelines to help social media and data management companies develop practices that fully comply” with the law. Postmedia News reports the committee voiced concern that “major social media companies, while doing business in Canada, prefer to be governed by laws other than those of this country.” The guidelines would address how websites and data brokers “collect and use the personal information of Internet users”; however, “any direction provided under the proposed guidelines would only be voluntary,” the report states.
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