Is your IT department ready for more stringent privacy laws? On the heels of the federal government’s bill to modernize federal privacy laws (that is, the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020 ), the Ontario government has declared the federal bill inadequate. Consequently, on June 17, 2021, the Ontario government issued a whitepaper entitled Modernizing Privacy in Ontario, initiating further public dialogue on its proposals to improve privacy protection.
On June 17, 2021, Ontario's Ministry of Government and Consumer Services announced a public consultation in order to address the gaps in Ontario's legislative privacy framework. The goal is to establish comprehensive and up-to-date rules, increase confidence in digital services, and support innovation. Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback until August 3, 2021.
Vaccination has been touted as the key to a speedy return to normal following the last—seemingly interminable—18 months of pandemic life. With on-again-off-again lockdowns across Canada and wave after wave of spiking COVID cases, it’s encouraging to see provinces, territories and municipalities bolster their vaccination programs.