“The world has less than a decade to make the protection of personal information and online privacy a priority before the concepts are lost forever, warns Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner.

Ann Cavoukian says legislation meant to safeguard privacy already can’t keep pace with the flow of information and advances in technology.

Cavoukian’s call comes as Facebook, Google and other companies have been forced to examine how they handle personal data. She said online privacy problems will worsen if governments don’t take a hard stance.

Several tools are already being used by hackers to steal personal data by tricking consumers into viewing websites infected with worms and viruses, and there are still no laws in place forcing private companies to disclose when personal information, such as credit card details, has been breached.”

From The Vancouver Sun