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Privacy watchdog asks MPs for more power

Media | 02/17/2017 12:11 am EST

OTTAWA — Canadians expect the federal privacy commissioner to be able to make orders and levy fines against companies that break privacy rules, Daniel Therrien told members of Parliament studying the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) Thursday, noting that the current inability to do so erodes trust in a digital environment. A recent poll conducted by his office found that “seven in 10 Canadians would be more likely to do business with companies if they were subject to financial penalties for misusing their information,” Therrien told members of the House standing committee on access to information, privacy and ethics. “Currently, my office cannot make orders or impose fines and is, in many respects, weaker than some of our...