On November 17, 2020, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced changes to Canada's privacy framework through the introduction of Bill C-11, which introduces two new statutes, the Consumer Privacy Protection Act and the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act, to replace provisions of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) dealing with Canadian private sector privacy laws. Bill C-11 is the first major overhaul of Canada's privacy regime since the introduction of PIPEDA in 2000.
Bill C-11 details a number of changes to the current Canadian privacy landscape, including:
The Honourable Minister Bains characterized the proposed privacy legislative regime as "an initial step toward a comprehensive reform of Canada's privacy framework" and providing "the strongest privacy protections of any G7 country" including the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the state of California's Consumer Protection Act (CCPA). The Minister also made it clear that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada's budget will receive "the appropriate resources" to ensure they are able to execute their powers to protect Canadians.
Summary By: Hashim Ghazi
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