New national privacy bill proposed in Canada, is expected to significantly increase protections to Canadians’ personal information.
Bill C-11, Canada’s newly proposed national privacy bill, which is also referred to as Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020, will give Canadians more control and transparency when companies handle their personal information, and therefore expected to increasingly protect their personal information. This bill is said to reshape Canada’s privacy framework. In the wake of the “Schrems II” judgment in the EU, and with the U.S. examining its own federal privacy legislation, international data flows have been challenged, inspiring the introduction of further legislation in that regard.
This new bill was introduced by Minister of Information Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, who brought up an important point on the need for interoperability with both EU and U.S. legislation.
The President of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, Byron Holland, applauded the bill and said, “Companies that handle massive troves of personal data must be held accountable for protecting that data, be transparent about how they use it, and face real consequences should they break the trust of their users.” Minister of Information Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains said, “As Canadians increasingly rely on technology we need a system where they know how their data is used and where they have control over how it is handled. … For Canada to succeed, and for our companies to be able to innovate in this new reality, we need a system founded on trust with clear rules and enforcement.” He also brought up an important point on the need for interoperability with both EU and U.S. legislation, and adequacy to be achieved through this legislation.
The new national privacy bill in Canada, if passed, could mean several significant changes, including the possibility for hefty fines, for companies found to be in violation.
If the bill passes, there could be fines of up to five per cent of global revenue or $25 million CAD, whichever is higher, for companies found to be in violation. Bill C-11 also includes the Personal Information and Privacy Protection Tribunal Act as well as the Consumer Privacy Protection Act. This bill would also give the federal privacy commissioner the power to make orders, including the ability to force an organization to comply and to order a company to stop collecting data or using personal information.
The Digital Charter Implementation Act focuses on key principles, including algorithmic transparency, data mobility, de-identified information, withdrawal of consent and disposal of personal information.
This new Digital Charter Implementation Act focuses on key principles, including algorithmic transparency, data mobility, de-identified information,and finally, withdrawal of consent and disposal of personal information. In this fact sheet, the in-depth clarifying questions surrounding DCIA 2020 are answered, including insight on how this new legislation may promote a strong Canadian digital environment,