It's funny how laws proposed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government sometimes have titles that critics say mean the exact opposite of what they claim to do.
Bill S-4 actually amends the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, but Digital Privacy Act has a more consumer-friendly ring to it. It aims to crack down on identity theft by making it a criminal offence to traffic in someone's identity documents.
The law, which is receiving first reading in the Senate, requires businesses and other organizations to tell consumers when their personal information has been lost or stolen via hacking. Failure to do so can result in fines of up to $100,000 under the new legislation.
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