The Conservative government on Thursday reintroduced a series of proposed amendments to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Industry Minister Christian Paradis said in a release that the amendments, proposed in Bill C-12, are intended to enhance the privacy of individuals during commercial transactions. Among the amendments are those that will require organizations to report to the federal privacy commissioner when a customer’s personal information is breached and to notify individuals in cases where the breach could compromise their safety, reputation, or identity, a government press release said. The amendments also require online organizations to “consider the ability of their target audience to comprehend the consequences of sharing their personal information”—a reference to young Internet users—to make it easier for organizations to release personal information to help protect victims of financial abuse or assist in locating missing persons or identifying people who have been sick, injured or killed, the release said. Other proposed amendments aim to streamline rules for businesses wishing to share personal information and make it easier for law enforcement agencies to obtain personal information about an organizations’ clients, customers or members. The bill also proposes to make it illegal for organizations to notify individuals that they had shared personal information with public safety agencies when specifically requested not to do so by the agency in question.