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A new survey of more than 1,000 Canadian businesses reveals that many see privacy as important, but do not have privacy basics in place. Conducted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, the biannual phone survey found that 41 percent are “concerned” about being breached and 83 percent use technological tools — including passwords, firewalls and encryption — to safeguard personal data. “We are pleased to have seen some progress in terms of how businesses handle privacy issues, but there are still some areas for improvement to ensure they are meeting all privacy obligations, such as ensuring they provide clear and easy-to-understand privacy communications to their customers,” said Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien, adding that it is important “businesses prepare for the new obligations they will soon have to notify customers and my office of serious breaches.”
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