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Stoddart: PIPEDA “Really Doesn’t Do Anything”

PRIVACY LAW

September 20, 2013

Echoing comments she made before the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium, outgoing Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart told Global News that PIPEDA doesn’t provide “enough incentives” for companies to actually protect consumer data. “It doesn’t really do anything to deter those who want to misuse Canadians’ privacy, and therefore doesn’t give a marginal advantage to the many corporations that are protecting Canadians’ privacy,” she said. “If you’re deliberately launching a product that’s misusing peoples’ personal information, collecting their personal information or, indeed as one company was doing, spying on people who rent laptops, there should be some sort of sanction.” Thus far, Parliament has not taken action to address concerns Stoddart has been expressing for the better part of six months.
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