Federal privacy laws are getting an update. The federal government has introduced a new bill which proposes to tighten and clarify the law around the protection of personal information and personal privacy and also give enforcement more teeth.
Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act
On November 17, 2020, Bill C-11, An Act to enact the Consumer Privacy Protection Act and the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts (Bill C-11), received first reading in the House of Commons. Part 1 of Bill C-11 repeals Part 1 of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and enacts the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA) to protect the personal information of individuals while recognizing the need of organizations to collect, use or disclose personal information in the course of commercial activities.
On October 29, 2020, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announced the findings of a joint investigation by Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia that examined whether the Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited was collecting and using personal information of visitors to its Canadian malls without valid consent using Anonymous Video Analytics technology installed in wayfinding directories and mobile device geolocation tracking technologies.