The Liberal government has introduced its second attempt at overhauling the country’s privacy laws covering the business sector.
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne introduced Bill C-27 in the House of Commons this morning. Details of the legislation weren’t immediately available, so it isn’t clear how it will differ from the proposed legislation the government tabled in 2020, but it comes in three parts:
- the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA), the same name as the previous legislation;
- the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal, the same tribunal that would have final say over fines proposed by the federal Privacy Commissioner for violations of the CPPA;
- and the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act.
Government officials are scheduled to hold a technical briefing with reporters at 11:30 this morning. That will be followed by a media scrum with reporters at 1:15 by Champagne and Justice Minister David Lametti Canada.
Former privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien criticized the original CPPA (at the time called Bill C-11) for allowing businesses to collect or use an individual’s personal information without their knowledge or consent under certain circumstances. He also saw no need for the creation of a tribunal as an extra step to review any proposed penalties. And he complained that the bill didn’t clearly state that Canadian residents have a right to privacy.
C-11 died when the government called the 2021 election.
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