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    Edmonton Journal (Canada): Alberta privacy ruling forces change at Staples

    The Edmonton Journal reports on a ruling (pdf) from the privacy commissioner of Alberta concerning corporations’ duties to protect the privacy of consumer data:

    Alberta’s privacy commissioner has ordered Staples Canada to better protect personal information on computers brought in for repair.

    In a finding released Wednesday, the office-supplies retailer was told to ask customers who bring in computers for repair whether the unit contains a hard drive.

    Staples must also ask customers if they authorize any personal information on it to be destroyed or preserved in the event the company buys back the computer. […]

    “The order is Staples-specific, but certainly the message would be that we would like all companies that deal with computers to have similar policies and procedures in place,” said privacy commissioner spokesman Wayne Wood.

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