Information and Privacy

Published: Wednesday, 05/10/2006 12:00 am EDT

The President-Commissioner of the Mexican body that handles complaints over privacy and information laws was in Ottawa last week to meet with her Canadian counterparts, including Information Commissioner John Reid and Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart. María Marván Laborde, head of Mexico's Federal Institute for Access to Information, says she's trying to find ways to strengthen her country's three-year-old transparency law that is ineffective in preventing the private sector from sharing personal information. But she notes the legislation has shifted public servants' behaviour towards accountability. "It's really a quantum leap of difference in Mexico," she says, in an interview.

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