(Ottawa) The Government of Canada is preparing to introduce legislation to better protect the privacy of Canadians in this digital age.
The legislation, which could be submitted as early as the start of the week, would focus on ten principles, including the control of personal data and the application of sanctions for the inappropriate use of information.
The Trudeau government’s initiative will be the response to numerous calls made by Canada’s Privacy Commissioner, Daniel Therrien, who has long called for the laws protecting the privacy of Canadians to be modernized. In his opinion, compared to many other countries, Canada lags behind in this area.
The Liberal government has already announced its intention to legislate to pass a law on the protection of privacy and another on the protection of personal data. However, it is not clear how the new provisions would fit into the current laws on the protection of personal data.