In the context of the adoption of the Act to Modernize Legislative Provisions respecting the Protection of Personal Information (“Bill 64”) on September 22, 2021, the Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec (“CAI”) has announced the creation of a workspace dedicated to Bill 64 compliance, in which it will publish various support and awareness tools.
Biometric authentication is becoming increasingly common. Smartphones and computers use it, banks have started to use it, and recently MasterCard began rolling out "selfie pay" allowing users to authenticate online payments by using their face at the point of sale. Biometric authentication refers to the validation of a user’s identity by measuring physical or behavioral characteristics. Biometric samples may include fingerprints, retinal scans, palm scans, face and voice recognition.
Existing laws, policies and practices are insufficient to meet the twin challenges of protecting individual privacy and providing public access to information in the digital age. “Bold leadership” is needed...