Privacy Breaches Shouldn’t Stay Private

Professor Geist’s weekly Toronto Star column (Toronto Star version, HTML backup article, homepage version) calls on Canadian lawmakers to follow the California lead by adopting a law that requires organizations to publicly disclose privacy breaches to their customers. It argues that privacy breaches, including instances of misused personal information or inadequately safeguarded information, frequently do not come to light and that a mandatory self-reporting system on privacy and security breaches would be a step in the right direction.

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