The New Democrat Party (NDP) is asking for an investigation into the estimated 3,000 federal department data breaches that have gone unreported to Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart’s office since 2002. According to The Province, the request comes after the recent admission that over the past 10 years, only 13 percent of federal departments’ data breaches have been reported. The NDP is also asking that the departments be required to report such breaches, a recommendation Stoddart has made in the past. Prof. Michael Geist calls for privacy law reform, writing that “the latest revelations indicate that the failure to live up to (public) trust is spread across virtually all government departments and to the political leaders that have failed to introduce much-needed legislative privacy safeguards.”
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