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Data breaches and law reform capture international attention in 2019

Author(s): Adam Kardash, Patricia Kosseim

Dec 13, 2019

Organizations faced a continuing crescendo of complex privacy and data governance issues through 2019, making it another highly eventful year in privacy law.

Mandatory breach notification after one year

November 2019 marked the first full year of mandatory breach notification under the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

The privacy regulator blogged about a 600% increase in data breaches reported to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) over the past twelve months. According to the OPC, more than 28 million Canadians were affected by these reported data breaches, 58% of which involved unauthorized access and a quarter of which involved social engineering attacks...