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MTS lobbies senior federal officials

telecom | 03/10/2015 7:35 pm EDT

Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. CEO Jay Forbes met with three cabinet ministers and the head of Canada’s telecommunications regulatory body over the last five weeks, according the federal lobbying registry. MTS chief executive Jay Forbes communicated with Finance Minister Joe Oliver on March 3, CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais on Feb. 18, Industry Minister James Moore on Feb. 17, as well as Winnipeg MP and Heritage Minister Shelly Glover on Feb. 6, according to the registry. Telecommunications and broadcasting are cited at the topics of discussion in all four communications reports. The...

Canada falling behind on privacy laws, Stoddart says

telecom | 06/07/2013 5:53 pm EDT

Canada needs better mechanisms to enforce privacy protection laws to adapt to modern technologies, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said in an annual report to parliament on the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Stoddart, who proposed a series of amendments to strengthen the enforcement powers of PIPEDA last month, said in the report released Thursday that the government should amend the act to require companies to notify consumers of potential privacy breaches, and to include “financial consequences” for companies that don’t adequately protect individuals’ private information. “The law lacks adequate incentives for organizations to invest in privacy in a significant way, since they can always agree to amend their...

Government responds to private members bill C-475

telecom | 05/24/2013 8:49 pm EDT

Private members' bill C-475 would impose an “unwieldy” financial and administrative burden on the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Conservative MP Parm Gill said Thursday. During a second reading debate on the bill, first put forward in the House on Feb. 26 by NDP MP Charmaine Borg, Gill said the requirement in the bill that...

Stoddart proposes amendments to PIPEDA

Media | 05/24/2013 5:34 pm EDT

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...