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.
Gone are days of unregulated and untethered data gathering. With the rolling out of the California Consumer Privacy Act, Canadian businesses are now finding themselves navigating a sea awash with a patchwork of extraterritorial legislation
Employers who are governed by PIPEDA are recommended to remain informed on these issues because some of the above-mentioned recommendations may become part of future legislative and policy initiatives.