The Canadian Parliament gave First Reading to federal Bill C-12
in late September 2011 and, at the time of writing, no further
progress has been made on this Bill. Bill C-12 proposes to amend
the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic
Documents Act. The most significant part of Bill C-12 is the
breach notification provisions which will require
organizations to notify the federal Privacy Commissioner of any
"material breach" of security safeguards involving
personal information under its control. Somewhat similar
wording in Alberta's Personal Information Protection
Act has resulted in numerous reports by organizations to the
Alberta Commissioner and numerous decisions of the Alberta
Commissioner requiring organizations to notify affected
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