Privacy commissioner wants power to impose 8-figure fines against offenders


TORONTO – Canada’s privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says she’s tried naming and shaming some of the world’s largest companies into respecting the privacy of Canadians.

But, she admits, it hasn’t really worked.

So she wants to hit them where it hurts: on companies’ bottom lines.

Stoddart wants Canada’s Federal Court to have the power to impose punishing penalties when organizations run afoul of privacy laws. And not a slight slap on the wrist that companies can budget for, she’s talking fines in the neighbourhood of eight figures.

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