Statements of support
My Privacy Online: Bill C-475
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Myths and Facts on C-475:
Myth: "The government is committed to updating PIPEDA"*
Fact: The Conservative government has ignored legal requirements to update Canada's privacy law for 3 years and shows no sign of commitment to updating a law that hasn't been amended since 2001.
Myth: "...any changes that are proposed should have been discussed thoroughly with business, consumer advocates and academics... The proposed new measures put forward in Bill C-475 were not."*
Fact: During the drafting of Bill C-475, I consulted with approximately 40 Canadian stakeholders, including 11 corporations/business associations; 15 civil liberties and consumer protection groups from 5 provinces; 15 academics specializing in privacy, internet and technology.
Myth: "The new powers [in C-475] would place an undue burden on personnel within the Privacy Commissioner's office."*
Fact: The Privacy Commissioner responded publicly to this on April 22, 2013 at ETHI:
When asked by MP Charlie Angus: "Given the seriousness of a potential data breach, do you believe that if we updated PIPEDA to ensure order-making powers and administrative monetary penalties, your office would not have to spend the kind of money it has to spend on legal matters and that it could get better and more timely results for Canadians?"
Privacy Commissioner Stoddart responded: "I do, and that's why I'm recommending it."
*Note: all quotes taken from Parliamentary Secretary Mike Lake statements in Hansard on October 22nd 2013
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.
Cyber attacks spark fears, Calgary Herald, January 20, 2014
Privacy Commissioner launches probe into Bell's new data collection, Toronto Star, October 23, 2013
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
CBC Spark, October 16, 2013
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