In an opinion piece for The Hamilton Spectator, Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian responds to criticism about the province's privacy laws, suggesting that it's generally not the privacy laws that are to blame in cases where the laws are seen as obstacles but those who implement them. "Privacy forms the basis of our freedoms--it is the necessary underpinning of liberty," Cavoukian writes. "Blaming privacy laws puts our democratic freedoms at risk without addressing the real problem, which may be bureaucratic inertia, misguided policies, inefficient practices or simple misunderstanding of those laws."
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