CANADA. HOUSE OF COMMONS -
PRIVACY: WHERE DO WE DRAW THE LINE? Report of the House of
Commons Standing Committee on Human Rights and the Status of
Persons with Disabilities The Hon Sheila Finestone, Chair April
Canada - Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents
Act, passed on 4 April 2000.
Press Release, Privacy
Legislation. The purpose of the Personal Information Protection
and Electronic Documents Act is to establish rules to govern the
collection, use and disclosure of personal information in a manner
that balances the right of privacy of all individuals with the need
of organizations to collect, use or disclose personal information
for a reasonable purpose. This is necessary in an era in which
technology increasingly facilitates the circulation and exchange of
Canadian privacy law raises ante Complying may place burden on US
firms By Patrick Thibodeau Computerworld (Dec. 04, 2000) "Next
month, Canada will enact a law that offers sweeping privacy
protections for its citizens. But the law may also create legal
obligations and data management problems for potentially thousands
of businesses that exchange data with firms and subsidiaries in
Canada, the US's largest trading partner. On Jan. 1, Canada's
Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (http://www.privcom.gc.ca/english/02_06_01_e.htm)
becomes law, requiring businesses to offer Canadian citizens
certain guarantees regarding the collection and use of personal
data. For example, they must get a customer's consent before
sharing data with affiliates or commercial partners and must
provide access to that data for review..."
Personal Data Is Increasingly At Risk for Online Canadians. CIO.com, July 23, 2003. "More than one-third (35 percent) of Canadians have had their personal information compromised online as of March 2003. In June 2001, this number totaled 21 percent. In December 2000, it was just 18 percent..."
Canada Embroiled in Privacy Furore, by Sue Bushell, CIO, 14 October 2003. "Things are getting truly nasty in Canada, where Auditor-General Sheila Fraser has called on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to investigate the nation’s former privacy commissioner, amidst a litany of criticism about the way he ran his office..."
Privacy versus data, By John Wunderlich and Carolyn L Burke. Globe and Mail, June 22, 2004. "Our society walks a fine line between personal openness and personal privacy. In the first instance, it's critical for governments and financial institutions to collect and maintain appropriate, relevant and accurate data on citizens and customers. In the second instance, most of us will agree that privacy is, "the right to be left alone." We need both accurate information in the hands of our service providers in order to receive services, and privacy to live the lives we choose unencumbered..."
The Privacy Connection - When it comes to protecting customers' privacy and promoting brand loyalty, Canadian companies get it, By DR. Larry Poneman. Darwin Magazine, July 2004. "When it comes to privacy and data protection, is there a difference in the perceptions and practices of Canadian privacy officers and their United States neighbors? We recently surveyed both U.S. and Canadian companies and found that more than 70 percent of Canadian companies believe there is a direct relationship between good privacy practices and enhanced customer trust and loyalty to the brand. In contrast, only 36 percent of U.S. privacy leaders believe that corporate privacy is an important part of their companies' brand or image in the marketplace..."
Group finds citizens accept governments sharing information if service improves, By Campbell ClarkAMPBELL CLARK. Globe and Mail, August 9, 2005. "OTTAWA -- Canadians are not alarmed by the potential privacy dangers raised by networked government databases of personal information, a new report concludes. The study comes as governments are planning to create huge agencies that want access to more personal information in order to provide Canadians with "one-stop shopping" for a variety of services..."
All about: Balance - Crossing swords over privacy, By Laura Eggertson. ITWorldCanada.com, 6 October 2005. "Privacy? It’s about balance. That, at least, was part of the message from Bernard Courtois at this year’s Lac Carling Congress. Courtois, president and CEO of the Information Technology Association of Canada, told a plenary on privacy issues that Canadian governments need to take a balanced approach to protecting privacy while avoiding the “onerous” conditions British Columbia has placed on private sector delivery of public services..."
Report on Canada's Privacy Law. Government Technology, October 13, 2005. "The Privacy Act is an outdated and often inadequate public sector data protection law, according to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Jennifer Stoddart, in her 2004-2005 Annual Report on the Privacy Act, which was tabled last Thursday in Parliament. The Privacy Commissioner's 2004 Annual Report on the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Canada's private sector privacy law, was also tabled..."
EC targets laggard states over e-privacy, By electricnews.net. The Register, 7 December 2003. "The European Commission is taking action against nine member states for failing to implement an on-line privacy directive..."
E-privacy Directive: European Commission takes action against 9 Member States. eGovernment News – 08 December 2003 – EU & Europe-wide – Legal aspects. "Following the expiry of the deadline to implement the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications, the European Commission announced on 05/12/2003 that it has opened infringement proceedings for failure to notify transposition measures against nine EU Member States. Letters of formal notice, the first stage of infringement proceedings, have been sent out to Belgium, Germany, Greece, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Finland and Sweden. These Member States are requested to respond within two months..."
Members ignore EU data rules. Kablenet, 6 November 2003. "Most European governments are failing to implement EU rules covering the handling of data in the public sector. The EU has extended its digital privacy rules to cover public sector networks, but so far only four countries have brought their national legislation up to date, according to European policy analysts..."
2004 UK Big Brother Awards: The shortlisted government dept's are... Public Technology, 5 July 2004. "The Big Brother Awards started in the UK in 1998 and are now an annual event in seventeen countries. This year's ceremony takes place at the London School of Economics from 18.30 hrs on Wednesday July 28th, and 'recognises' (or the opposite?) categories including: Worst Public Servant; Most Invasive Company; Most Appalling Project; Most Heinous Government Organisation and Lifetime Menace Award..."
Data headache for e-government. Kablenet, 19 May 2003. "The public sector is finding that data protection legislation holds up e-government, new research says. Data protection and freedom of information laws are hindering the progress of e-government projects, according to a study to be published later in May 2003..."
Pinder blasts privacy 'paranoia'. Kablenet, 26 June 2003. "The UK's e-envoy is demanding a 'sensible debate' on privacy in order to clear the way for e-government. Andrew Pinder, the UK e-envoy, has hit out at suppliers and campaign groups for creating a climate of "paranoia" which is holding up e-government..."
Privacy report released. Kablenet 11 April 2002. "The UK Government
has finally published its report on privacy and datasharing..."
backs data sharing, By Tim Richardson. The Register, 12 April 2002.
"The privacy of UK citizens could be under threat following the publication
of a report which outlines plans for Government departments to share personal
information without people's consent...."
The unthinkable and the sensible. Kablenet, 12 April 2002. "The UK
Government will have to go further than its report on data sharing to
ensure public trust in e-government, argues William Heath..."
Data in the dark. Kablenet, 4 November 2003. "The use of personal data in the public sector remains a mystery to most people, says an official study. Members of the public are worried about data sharing among Government bodies, are unaware of what personal information authorities hold on them, and don't know what their rights are, according to a survey published on 3 November 2003..."
'Privacy is the right to be anonymous' - The right to be anonymous Government has been warned that it must balance enthusiasm for a digital Britain with respect for due process. Michael Cross reports. The Guardian, July 21, 2005. "Britain's government has survived for 1,000 years without an IT strategy, but this is about to change. Chief information officer Ian Watmore is this summer drafting a national plan that will aim to transform public services through IT..."
Privacy laws 'hamper e-government'. BBC News, 19 May 2003. "UK data protection laws are hindering the progress of online government projects, a study has found. Many public sector organisations are finding it hard to juggle twin demands from existing laws and targets for online services, said a survey by a newsletter which specialises in electronic government..."
Top UK sites 'fail privacy test'. BBC news, 11 December 2003. "Most top UK websites are breaking new rules which require them to do more to protect web users' privacy. WebAbacus research found 98% do not give enough information about the text files which track user movements, or provide a single-click opt-out option..."
UK readies privacy charter, BY Diane Frank. Federal Computer Week, July
10, 2001 "As U.S. federal agencies struggle to develop and follow their own
Internet privacy policies, the United Kingdom soon will issue a governmentwide
standard that will tell citizens how their personal information is being collected,
used and protected whenever they interact with the government online. The
E-Trust Charter is in its final draft, and will be available shortly on the
Web site of the U.K. Office of the E-Envoy (www.e-envoy.gov.uk), said Ann
Steward, director of office's e-government group, speaking July 9 at the E-Gov
2001 conference in Washington, D.C...."