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 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.
Obtaining meaningful consent represents a significant responsibility, and the Privacy Commissioner has created a checklist to assist organizations in achieving compliance.