For the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC), "2009 was a watershed year," Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart writes in her report to parliament on the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). "The dominant theme of our work in 2009 was the protection of privacy in an increasingly online, borderless world," she notes. The report, which was submitted to parliament Tuesday, highlights such key issues as the "exponential growth" in technology-based investigations. Stoddart notes that while the OPC has been able to apply PIPEDA to tools and business models that did not exist when it came into force, it is essential to review privacy laws and administrative structures to ensure they keep pace with technology. "It is increasingly clear that if data protection authorities want to remain relevant," she writes, "the online world is where they need to be."
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