Privacy and Expectations

Professor Geist’s regular Toronto Star Lawbytes column (Toronto Star version, HTML backup article, homepage version) contrasts privacy compliance in Canada and the U.S. It argues that while Canada may have enacted comprehensive privacy legislation, there are minimal expectations that the law will be enforced aggressively. It concludes that organizations with good privacy practices as well as the public would benefit from Canada’s next privacy commissioner creating the expectation that privacy practices that run afoul of the law will be punished and publicly identified. 

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