Statements of support
My Privacy Online: Bill C-475
Fact: Data breaches affected the personal information of millions, yet most go unreported
Fact: Some major Canadian sites disclosed our personal data to third parties without consent
Fact: Cyber fraud is a growing problem, costing Canadians $76 million in 2012 alone
Fact: 7/10 Canadians feel less protected today than they did 10 years ago
Why is this happening?
Canada's privacy laws have not kept pace with rapid advancements in technology. In fact, Canadian laws have not been updated since before the time of the first generation iPod. My private members bill, Bill C-475, aims to change this by modernizing legislation and getting serious about protecting Canadians' privacy. When your personal information is collected, used, or disclosed, in any digital form, you have the right to know and to feel safe. My bill increases the enforcement powers of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and makes data breach notification mandatory. Canadians should not have to worry about their online privacy.
To find out more about C-475, CLICK HERE.
Privacy Commissioner's Position Paper on reforming PIPEDA, HERE.
My HUFFINGTON POST article, HERE.
Over a year ago, I signed on to Openmedia’s Pro-Privacy MP petition - with Bill C-475, I am keeping my promise, as a legislator, to strengthen privacy protection in the digital age. Privacy protection is important to me both as the Digital Affairs Critic for the Official Opposition and as a net-savvy young Canadian. I owe it to you, my fellow Canadian, to make sure our laws keep pace with new digital realities and challenges. This bill aims to ensure that you will be informed if ever your personal information has been breached and put at risk. As well, it will put pressure on organizations to respect Canada's privacy law and ensure they keep your data secure. Like you, I want to enjoy all the remarkable and novel digital products and services available. But I also want to have control over my personal information and be informed if ever it has been put at risk. My bill is about restoring our confidence in online privacy and protecting children, seniors and all of us who depend on digital technologies.
Privacy watchdog wants Ottawa to force companies to report…, Toronto Star, May 23, 2013
HRSDC rules still allow keys, Ottawa Citizen, February 27, 2013
After data losses…, Vancouver Sun, February 27, 2013
Votre vie privée gardée par un chien édenté, La Presse, June 19, 2013
Charmaine Borg en débat au Parlement, La Revue de Terrebonne, June 4, 2013
Enjeux économiques sous la loupe, La Revue de Terrebonne, May 21, 2013
Charmaine Borg propose une mise-à-jour de la LPRPDE, Trait d’Union, March 6, 2013
Des lois adaptées à l’ère numérique, La Revue de Terrebonne, March 12, 2013
Websites and Blogs
Should Canadians worry about the NSA's PRISM program? Maybe., iPolitics, June 10, 2013
Is mandatory reporting of security breaches on its way?, Lexology, June 5, 2013
Why companies don’t need to tell you when your data has been breached, Yahoo! Canada Finance, May 31, 2013
Security breach legislation suffers another setback, ITWorldCanada.com, May 29, 2013
The Canadian Government’s Embarrassing Opposition to Security Breach Disclosure Legislation, Michael Geist Blog, May 27, 2013
CIPS’ views on Bill C-475 (Proposed changes to PIPEDA), cips.ca, 2013
OCLA supports bill C-475, Ontario Civil Liberties Association, March 21, 2013
NDP MP Charmaine Borg tries to kickstart Canada’s dormant privacy reform, Michael Geist Blog, February 27, 2013
Proposed bill calls for mandatory breach reporting, ITWorldcanada.com, February 27, 2013
Private member’s bill introduced to give Privacy Commissioner order-making powers, Canadian Privacy Law Blog, March 14, 2013
News, Canadian Privacy & Cyber Crime Institute, March 12, 2013
Mandatory data breach notification law proposed in Canada, Databreaches.net
Bill calls for mandatory data breach reporting, Cybertrax.ca, March 2, 2013
Private member’s bill on breach disclosure would increase notifications, CanadianLawyerMag, March 4, 2013