December 14, 2019 - Private Sector, Public Sector

New online privacy rights, national advertising registry confirmed as key federal priorities

Reform of Canada’s federal privacy laws – in both the public and private sectors - appears to be well in motion as a key prioriy for this newly-minted government.  As set out in his mandate letters, the Prime Minister has called on both the Ministers of Justice and Innovation, Science and Industry to work with one another “to advance Canada’s Digital Charter and enhance powers for the Privacy Commissioner, in order to establish a new set of online rights”, including: 

  • data portability;
  • the ability to withdraw, remove and erase basic personal data from a platform;
  • the knowledge of how personal data is being used, including a national advertising registry and the ability to withdraw consent for the sharing or sale of data;
  • the ability to review and challenge the amount of personal data that a company or government has collected;
  • proactive data security requirements;
  • the ability to be informed when personal data is breached with appropriate compensation; and
  • the ability to be free from online discrimination including bias and harassment.

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These priorities and their implications will be discussed on AccessPrivacy’s December Monthly Call, to be held on this Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.