May 272010
 May 27, 2010  Posted by  Breaches, Laws, Non-U.S.

Michael Geist calls  C-29 the Anti-Privacy Privacy Bill. He writes, in part:

Just over three years later, the government has introduced a bill that does little for Canadians’ privacy, while providing new exceptions for businesses and new powers for law enforcement (David Fraser has helpfully created a redline version of PIPEDA with the proposed changes).  The centrepiece of the bill is a new security breach disclosure provision, but the requirements are very weak when compared with similar laws found elsewhere.  In fact, with no penalties for failure to notify security breaches, the provisions may do more harm than good since Canadians will expect to receive notifications in the event of a breach, but companies may err on the side of not notifying (given the very high threshold discussed below) safe in the knowledge that there are no financial penalties for failing to do so.

Other coverage can be found on David Fraser‘s blog and Slaw.

Thanks to the reader who sent in these links.

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