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Canadian Privacy Commissioner Acknowledges Enforcement and Fines are Necessary

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According to an article posted to The Wire Report, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart is reportedly saying her office may need fine-levying authority in order to more effectively protect the privacy of Canadians.  This represents a change from earlier statements of a few years back where she said her preference was to provide guidance.  Her new position was discussed in a speech at the University of Ottawa's Centre for Law, Technology and Society.

“I am increasingly of the view that we may need stronger powers to be an effective privacy guardian for Canadians. Canada has become one of the few major countries where the data protection regulator lacks the ability to issue orders and impose fines,” Stoddart said.

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