In June, the Ontario government released a White Paper entitled Modernizing Privacy in Ontario Empowering Ontarians and Enabling the Digital Economy, which sets out a proposal for privacy legislation that would apply to the private sector.
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The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has recently invited stakeholders and the public to provide feedback regarding strategic priorities that it should focus on in order to respond to issues that Ontarians care most about in respect of access to information and privacy.
Canada’s new anti-spam legislation comes into effect later this year, and it packs a punch—fines of up to $10 million per violation for companies and up to $1 million per violation for individuals. The government was clearly prepared to give regulators substantial teeth to both encourage compliance and punish non-compliance.