Whilst the UK and US governments have prevaricated for years on the issue, I read over the weekend that Ontario is asking the Canadian government to force companies to notify consumers when hackers steal their debit and credit card information.
According to the newswires, Canadian Government Services Minister Gerry Phillips has said he wants a set of national standards to protect individuals, rather than having each territory or province pass its own legislation to protect consumers from identity theft.
"We've recommended to the committee that they incorporate that in the amendments that they're looking at for the federal law," Phillips told reporters last week.
This could be good news for UK punters, as whenever Canada passes data protection of privacy legislation, the US seems to follow quite quickly.
And where the US leads, the Blair Poodle seems to follow...