back to article D.O.Eh: Here's the new privacy law Canada can't really enforce

The Canadian government this week will be enforcing a strict new privacy law, with the term "enforcing" up to interpretation because the regulator says he can't enforce it. America's hat says the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act will be going into effect with the new data breach reporting rules on …

  1. Ucalegon

    umountie: /privacy device is busy?

  2. DanceMan

    Dudley Do-Right

    That's Dudley Do-Right in the photo, right? And he's the enforcement arm? Put Nell on the case.

    1. chivo243 Silver badge

      Re: Dudley Do-Right


      If you recall, Horse was the brightest character in D D-R... Just like Muttley was smarter that Dick Dastardly, who looks a bit like Snidley Whiplash who was Dudley's arch enemy.

  3. jake Silver badge

    Canada is "America's hat"?

    What does that make Alaska? An ear-flap?

    1. A.P. Veening Silver badge


      "What does that make Alaska? An ear-flap?"

      Who cares? At the very most that ex-Russian colony is an afterthought.

      1. jake Silver badge

        Re: Alaska

        Yep. An afterthought.

        One with pretty good scenery, though. And decent hunting and fishing, with few ignorant city folks to screw it up. Someone found gold there once, if I recall correctly. But other than that, it's a cold, desolate place. Please stay away. Ta. Besides, you might fall afoul of an oil spill. Wouldn't want that.

  4. arctic_haze

    Not a big problem

    The most prolific source on such breaches are not the companies themselves but whistle blowers. The law will at least make possible to fine the guilty party.

  5. Terje

    I think that the point of legislation like this is not to monitor that companies follow it (they should do so) but to have a hammer to use when it turns out that someone has not followed it, hopefully the penalties are harsh enough that it will be better to report then sit quiet in the corner and pretend nothing happened.

  6. adam payne

    The "real risk of significant harm" portion will be where the law becomes open to interpretation,

    Give companies a loop hole and they will use it.

  7. pmitham

    Oh, the irony!

    The gov't announces this act starting Nov 1 and at the same time we discover that Stats Can can request the banking information of thousands of Canadians "for statistical purposes" without the need to ask permission or inform us that they have breached our Privacy. But they can be "trusted" to not leak any of our banking details (including daily transactions) to Oh, say...the CRA ....Not holding my breath on this one!

  8. packrat


    privacy, property, freedom of info (evolution.)

    and you thought orphan works were silly.

    Witness the fully nonfunctional witless power of a clerk without a spell checker!

    bk acct AIs who'd thuink (money) velocity was so weird?

  9. earl grey

    waves hands

    pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

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