Briefing

Federal privacy commissioner calls for increased investigation and fining powers

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Daniel Therrien’s annual report said the government should make privacy a fundamental right in Canadian law. He wants to proactively inspect companies’ privacy practices—which already applies to federal departments and agencies—and to decide which complaints to pursue, as well as permission to share information with other regulators. The watchdog also said Statistics Canada’s pilot project to collect financial transaction data from banks did not break current laws, but raised “significant privacy concerns.” (The Logic)

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