Better incentives are needed to ensure companies build privacy protections into their products and services from the start, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner said in a new report. In a paper released Thursday called “The Case for Reforming the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA),” Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart put forward measures to modernize Canada’s federal private-sector privacy laws. Stoddart proposed amendments to PIPEDA to provide stronger enforcement powers such as statutory damages administered by the Federal Court and giving the commissioner the power to impose monetary penalties for information breaches. Stoddart said the law should be changed so that organizations are required to report breaches of personal information to the commissioner and notify affected individuals “so that appropriate mitigating measures can be taken in a timely manner.” Organizations should also be required to report disclosures of personal information to law enforcement authorities without knowledge or consent from the parties and without a judicial warrant. NDP MP Charmaine Borg’s private members’ bill C-475 also proposes amendments to PIPEDA with more powers for the privacy commissioner.