Michael Geist is reporting that a federal/provincial/territorial consultation on identity theft has been launched, beginning with a background paper:
Michael Geist - Canadian Consultation Launched on Identity Theft:
"The Consumers Measures Committee, a committee comprised of federal, provincial, and territorial consumer protection representatives, has launched a public consultation on identity theft. The background paper identifies several potential legislative solutions including a requirement for organizations to notify consumers affected by a security breach; the placement of a fraud alert on a consumer's credit file; the ability for consumers to put a freeze on the sharing of their credit reports without prior notice; and a requirement for credit bureaus to take reasonable steps to authenticate persons accessing credit reports. Comments on the paper are due by September 15, 2005. "