On September 8, 2020, an op-ed by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Daniel Therrien (the Commissioner), titled “The value of data, the values of privacy” was published in the Hill Times. The op-ed focused on the recent acceleration of digitization and other technological trends, such as telemedicine, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also reinforced the Commissioner’s repeated calls to modernize Canada’s privacy laws, especially their enforcement, which have fallen behind Canada’s trading partners as reflected in his August 27, 2020 Letter to Committee Members.
The Commissioner also highlighted his office’s proposals to Parliament to reform Canada’s privacy laws in the appropriately named Privacy Law Reform - A Pathway to Respecting Rights and Restoring Trust in Government and the Digital Economy, which was submitted in the 2018-2019 Annual Report to Parliament on the Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. Key recommendations of the report include:
The op-ed notes that many of the 2018-2019 report’s recommendations have been established in other jurisdictions but not in Canada.
Summary By: Matt Frontini
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