The Trudeau government tabled a bill on Tuesday to better protect the privacy of Canadians in a time of increased use of internet services.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transition that is changing the way Canadians work, access information, use services and communicate with loved ones. This transformation makes concerns about privacy and how businesses treat Canadians’ data more important than ever, ”said Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains.
Bill C-11 is the implementation of the Canadian Digital Charter, which is based on 10 principles such as control and informed consent by Canadians over their data collected by companies.
One of the purposes of the legislation is to give more power to the federal privacy commissioner. We want it to be able to issue orders to companies to force them to stop collecting and using data.