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Federal privacy chief urges law revamp

As the threat for identity theft gets stronger than ever, privacy advocates believe Canadian legislation enacted to protect the privacy of personal information is dated. In the recent tabling of her Annual Report, Federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart urged Parliament to review and modernize the Privacy Act.

Readers write back:

October 22, 2007 – The entire framework of legal admonitions concerning Privacy is flawed and the Privacy Commissioner function in society will increasingly come across as beside the point and ineffective if it doesn’t engage data architecture as the core way of protecting citizen information.

You’ll find relevant detail in a somewhat dated article I did for CIO Magazine in 2005.

In summary, so long as the Definitions section of ATIPP acts across the country continue to define ‘the-purpose-for-which-it-is-collected’

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Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

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