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Canada Dashboard Digest | Alberta sees increase in data breaches, seeks to improve PIPA Related reading: Survey: Insider data breaches to increase 8% in 2021




The Edmonton Sun reports Alberta has seen a major increase in data breaches under the Personal Information Protection Act. Attacks such as phishing scams, ransomware and e-commerce hacks have been on the rise, and a 15-member committee is reviewing the privacy act. Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton said she believes the act can be salvaged, but wants to see improvements in certain areas, including coverage for nonprofit organizations and requiring organizations to have privacy management programs. Clayton also wants the act to tackle transparency reports, including the total number and reasons behind law enforcement requests. "I think the public might be surprised at how often private-sector businesses are giving up information to police, to law enforcement," she said. "The idea of transparency reports is to shine a light on that kind of disclosure."
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