OTTAWA – Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies and Chair of the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee travelled with a delegation from the committee to Washington DC. The purpose of this trip was to meet with counterparts in the US in their continued study of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).
“This has been a very productive trip and a great way to begin my tenure as Chair of this committee,” said Mr. Zimmer. “It was especially beneficial to attend the Congressional hearings as former Equifax CEO Richard Smith answered questions on how the massive security breach happened. Given that there were at least 8,000 Canadians affected it was important that we were able to be there.”
The trip began with a visit to the Canadian Embassy to meet with representatives from the Centre for Democracy & Technology as well as the Congressional Research Service. Over the next two days the delegation met with Congressman Greg Walden, Chair of the House Committee on Commerce and Energy, Congressman Gregg Harper, Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Chair of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Congressman Bob Latta, Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, just to name a few. A visit to the Facebook office in Washington to discuss personal information protection was also an important and informative meeting.
MP Zimmer was elected as Chair of the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee on September 20, 2017.
photo 1: (from left to right) MP Nathan Cullen, MP Peter Kent, Congressman Bob Latta, MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, and MP Bob Zimmer
photo 2: (from left to right) Congressman Gregg Harper, MP Peter Kent, MP Bob Zimmer, MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, and MP Nathan Cullen
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