Thursday, February 12, 2004

Article: PIPEDA Author Takes Government to Task - Current legislation inadequate to deal with identity theft

The safeguards principle from PIPEDA doesn't go far enough to address identity theft, according to panelists at a recent conference in Ottawa which included Stephanie Perrin, who was involved with drafting PIPEDA: "For the last 10 years, countless cases of identity theft have sprung up across North America because industry standards for customer privacy protection have been 'inadequate,' said a co-author of Ottawa�s electronic privacy act Wednesday.

'I express indignation that it has taken so long to address the issue (of identity theft) and I blame government and industry,' said Stephanie Perrin, one of the authors of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and the president of Montreal-based Digital Discretion Inc.

Perrin was one of several panelists who spoke at an Ottawa conference entitled 'Identity Theft: A $5 Billion Speck on Canada's Radar Screen.' Another panelist charged that there are 'very poor government and business security practices' for handling personal information. "

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