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Pressure builds to name privacy-law offenders, 9.2.05


Canadians had high expectations of a new privacy act that came into force on Jan. 1, 2004, designed to safeguard personal information in the private sector.

But the high hopes have not been fulfilled, according to two recent critical reports.

The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) "has not been kind to consumers," says the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

'This is truly a bizarre situation, in that individual complainants are free to post the entire decision but the commissioner is self-censoring.'

Similar arguments are made by Chris Berzins, a lawyer with the Ontario labour ministry, in an article published in the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology.

'The all but categorical refusal to reveal the names of complaint respondents,' he says, 'has a number of unfortunate results.'

  • It greatly undercuts the instructive value that complaint investigations might have.
  • It deprives companies of the recognition they deserve when they comply with the law.
  • It unjustly rewards companies that flout the law.
  • It penalizes consumers who are unable to make informed privacy decisions.
  • It prevents the market from rewarding or penalizing companies based on the public's awareness of privacy practices.
  • It makes it difficult to assess the effectiveness of the commissioner's office in promoting compliance.

    For example, there are now more than 100 investigations involving banks.

    However, the public can't tell how different banks compare to each other."

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    "We shall need compromises in the days ahead, to be sure. But these will be, or should be, compromises of issues, not principles. We can compromise our political positions, but not ourselves. We can resolve the clash of interests without conceding our ideals. And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation.
    Compromise need not mean cowardice. .."

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