The new law was drafted by Canadian Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne to promote consumer privacy rights and the development of the digital economy. He said it was one of the toughest frameworks in the G7.
Many argue that it is necessary to officially declare privacy a fundamental right. The introduction to the revised bill states that it is crucial to protect privacy, ensure the dignity of individuals and fully enjoy fundamental rights. It also seeks to link domestic regulations to international standards.
The government said in a statement that it was committed to promoting responsible development for the common good and protecting the privacy of its citizens. “In the 21st century, efforts are being made to ensure the security of individuals. “Our government strives to ensure that Canada’s privacy laws keep pace with technological change and continue to reflect emerging Canadian values,” the statement said.
The bill, also known as C-27, will give Canadians more privacy in their personal information and the way they handle digital platforms. Simply put, the new law aims to give citizens more control over the personal information held by organizations and to give them more freedom to move that information securely from one company to another.
Champagne said by introducing the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2022, they will ensure that Canadian citizens can find out when and how their information is being used.
The government is also planning to set up a new tribunal to impose fines on violators.
Another important step is the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act (AI and Data Act). The law would criminalize individuals who misuse technology. An AI & Data Commissioner will be appointed to conduct independent audits of companies’ activities. The Commissioner will function under the Ministry of Development, Science and Industry. Use of illegally obtained data can lead to criminal offenses.