Trudeau government ready to usher in new privacy legislation

Trudeau government ready to usher in new privacy legislation”

The federal government is proposing a new privacy law to give Canadians' greater control over how companies collect and exploit their personal information and data, and promising stiff fines for companies that break them.

On the other hand, Therrien's spokesperson Vito Pilieci said their office had always been calling for federal privacy laws better suited to protect Canadians in the digital age.

The strategy to get a legislative reform follows repeated calls against national privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien to update Canada's aging privacy legislation.

Therrien states Canada's information-protection legislation lag behind several others around the planet.

It is not immediately clear how the new legislation would mesh with existing federal privacy laws.

Bains said the Digital Charter Implementation Act - created to update regulations that are 20 years old - was needed at a time when the coronavirus epidemic was increasing Canadians' reliance on digital technology. While Quebec is the furthest along on reforming its legislation, Ontario's consultation on producing its own law recently closed, Alberta recently proposed amendments to its Health Information Act, and a special committee considering changes to British Columbia's Personal Information Protection Act was dissolved for an election.

The new compliance requirements largely codify what businesses have already been encouraged to do, Joli-Coeur said, but the privacy commissioner's ability to issue orders is "something new and something significant".

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John Power, a spokesman for Bains, stated last month that Canadians are understandably anxious about the way their information is used in a electronic world, including the government was going to fortify the private-sector privacy legislation.

"Our government will ensure respect for the privacy of Canadians, support responsible innovation and enhance reasonable enforcement powers", he said.

While the legislation is not yet available, we expect it will be a significant overhaul of PIPEDA, right down to changing the name.

The Liberals are billing the legislation as a way to enshrine into law the principles of a "digital charter" outlined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2019.

- along with the capacity to become liberated of online discrimination such as harassment and bias.

That is why today the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, along with the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board of Canada, announced the launch of an online public consultation on the review of the Privacy Act led by Justice Canada to ask Canadians to share their views on modernizing the Act.

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