The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest clinic has today released a pair of reports that paint an unflattering portrait of the state of compliance with privacy laws in Canada. The first is a survey of Canadian retailers to determine whether the companies reviewed are complying with PIPEDA and its equivalents. The second is a survey of the data brokering indstry in Canada. Here's the blurb and links from the CIPPIC website:
CIPPIC News = CIPPIC:
CIPPIC study shows widespread violation of privacy laws
May 1, 2006
In a report released today, the CIPPIC provides the results of the first Canadian survey assessing the compliance of retailers with Canadian data protection laws. The results show widespread non-compliance with federal laws requiring openness, accountability, consent, and individual access to personal data. In a companion report also released today, CIPPIC exposes the many ways that detailed personal information about consumers is gathered and traded in the marketplace.
News Release (French version) Report on Retailer Compliance with PIPEDA Compliance Report - Executive Summary (French version) Compliance Report - Appendices Report on Databrokerage Industry Databroker Report - Executive Summary (French version)
Update (20060512): The Ottawa Citizen is reporting on this in today's edition: Online sellers flout privacy rules.