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April 7th, 2013

Protection of personal information must be priority

New study reveals that majority of Canadians support principles defended by NDP in Bill C-475

A study published last week by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates the urgent need to examine the issue of protection of personal information in Canada. As a result, 71% of Canadians surveyed believe that the protection of personal information will be one of the most important issues facing Canadians in the next ten years and 97% want to be informed in the event of a breach.

“This study reveals the concern of respondents about the protection of their personal information. Laws protecting Canadians are more than ten years old, from before Facebook and the iPod,” said Digital Issues critic, Charmaine Borg (Terrebonne-Blainville).

Borg recently tabled Bill C-475, which would give Canadians the necessary tools to safely navigate the Internet and participate fully in the digital economy.

“The Privacy Commissioner’s study proves that Canadians agree with the principles we’re defending. NDP Bill C-475 would quickly address the Conservatives’ inaction and lack of vision on this issue,” concluded the MP.

Bill C-475 will be debated April 16 in the House of Commons.