The PIPEDA hearings resumed this week appearances by groups from the banking sector, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and the insurance industry. CIPPIC has details on day nine and ten. The committee is now focused almost exclusively on a single issue – security breach notification legislation. There appears to be unanimous support for reform, including from the Conservative members of the committee who have previously expressed concern about the costs associated with private legislation.
The business representatives are demonstrating near-complete cluelessness on the issue, adamantly opposing mandatory notification. Indeed, yesterday the chair of the committee advised the Chamber of Commerce, which included a representative from Bell Canada, that the B.C. and Ontario privacy commissioners had already released guidelines on the issue. The writing is clearly on the wall here – security breach notification is a matter of how, not if. Business groups would do themselves a favour by working with all stakeholders on an effective Canadian provision, rather than maintaining that no change is needed.