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    Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Investigates Unreported Breaches

    May 22, 2013
    More than a million Canadians have been affected by data breaches in the past 10 years, and only 13% of the incidents were reported to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, according to Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart.
    More than a million Canadians have been affected by data breaches in the past 10 years, and only 13% of the incidents were reported to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, according to Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart.

    Stoddart told Postmedia News she expects to find that some of those breaches seriously affected individuals and should have been reported to her office.

    The New Democratic Party in Parliament advocates mandatory reporting of breaches for federal departments, a recommendation that Stoddart reportedly made five years ago. Right now they want to know why the breaches are happening and why the ministers of these departments “have not put in place effective protocols to protect privacy information.”

    Current law doesn’t require departments to report every breach, just those that could pose a serious threat of identity theft to the affected individuals.

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