Proposed data breach measures trail other countries: privacy watchdog

OTTAWA – Canada would have one of the weakest data breach laws in the western world even if proposed revisions currently before Parliament are passed, according to an analysis by the federal privacy watchdog.

The United States, Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Ireland and Spain either have — or are planning — stiffer enforcement measures to penalize organizations for breaches resulting in exposure of personal information, says the comparison released under the Access to Information Act.

The newly disclosed documents show the office of Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart prepared the analysis last June for deputy Industry minister Richard Dicerni.

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