Has one of your organization’s employees lost their iPhone or Blackberry recently? How about misplaced a file? If those devices or files contain personal information, you may have suffered a privacy breach. To learn more about how to deal with a privacy breach please watch this short video – click here>>
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has called for legislation empowering her to impose substantial fines against major corporations that fail to adequately protect Canadians’ personal information from preventable breaches.
“I am deeply troubled by the large number of major breaches we are seeing, including serious incidents in recent weeks that have affected hundreds of thousands of Canadians,’’ Jennifer Stoddart said in a speech today at the Canada 3.0 forum in Stratford, Ont. “It seems to me that it’s time to begin imposing fines – significant, attention-getting fines – on companies when poor privacy and security practices lead to breaches.” To learn more, read the complete news release.
Bill C-29, An Act to Amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, went through second reading in the House of Commons last week. This brings it one step closer to becoming law.
Anticipated amendments to PIPEDA include:
- a mandatory breach notification regime that would require organizations to promptly notify affected individuals and to report major data breaches to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada;
- amendments to account for the unique circumstances regarding consent in employer/employee relationships; and
- modifications to allow organizations to collect, use and disclose personal information as necessary for the conduct of business transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions.
Bill C-28, commonly referred to as the “Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act”, went through second reading in the House of Commons last week. The Standing Committee for Industry, Science and Technology will meet tomorrow for further discussions.
Some of my previous posts regarding the anti-spam law can be viewed here. You can find detailed information on this bill, and any other, through LegisInfo, a “collaborative effort of the Parliamentary Information and Research Service and the Information and Document Resource Service of the Library of Parliament”. Stay tuned…