FIPA President Richard Rosenberg testifies today before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, which has begun a mandatory review of Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).
The PIPEDA regulates how private sector organizations deal with Canadians’ personal information. FIPA is advocating major reforms to the act, including:
- that the Privacy Commissioner be given order-making powers such as those enjoyed by the Commissioners in BC, Alberta, and Quebec.
- that the OPC should publicize the complaints it deals with.
- that organizations should be required to inform their clients about security breaches that threaten their personal privacy.
- that the Federal Government should explore ways to provide protection for the personal information of Canadians which may be disclosed outside of Canada.
The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) will post notes after each committee hearing on their website
Professor Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa has also created a blog of the hearings.