May 29th, 2018 - 5:02pm
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, we now have reports of two of Canada’s largest banks saying that hackers have breached the private information of up to 90,000 Canadian consumers. This is just months after the data breaches at Uber, Equifax, and Bell Canada affecting tens of thousands of Canadians and their private information.
The European Union took action and implemented new data protection last week. What did the Liberal government do? Absolutely nothing. In fact, this government has not even followed through on basic recommendations.
When will the Liberals actually take action to protect Canadian consumers with a digital bill of rights and stop letting these companies off the hook?
Hon. Navdeep Bains (Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the member knows full well that we brought changes to the regulations to update the Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act, or PIPEDA. These regulation changes are very important, because if any private entity, a bank or otherwise, has any lost or stolen data, they must report it immediately to the individual and to the Privacy Commissioner. Failure to do so will lead to an infraction with a fine of $100,000 per data breach. That is a significant cost per data breach. It is an important signal that we are sending to protect the privacy of Canadians.