4 mins
February 4, 2023

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Changes In Canadian Privacy Law

Olivia Singh
4 mins
February 4, 2023
4 mins
February 4, 2023

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Changes In Canadian Privacy Law

Olivia Singh
4 mins
February 4, 2023

The month of June has been an interesting one for privacy law. We saw Europe up its
compliance with the adoption of the new Article 60 within the GDPR. So, keeping in sync with
the evolving tech and digitalization of the legal and regulatory industry, Canada decided to give
its own data privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act or
PIPEDA a facelift. Some of those changes include:

  • On June 16, Bill C-27 was introduced by the Parliament of Canada. It repeals Part 1 of
    the PIPEDA and replaces it with Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA). The CPPA is
    concerned with how commercial businesses handle personal information and outlines
    their responsibilities associated with it. CPPA distinguishes between anonymous and de-
    identified information. The former protects an individual’s anonymity and the latter
    removes personal information within the identifiers present. This includes “direct
    identifiers” that can uniquely identify an individual, such as a SIN number that can be
    removed or obscured. Additionally, “indirect identifiers” such as one’s age, date of birth,
    occupation, education level or zip code can also be removed or obscured. Other areas
    covered under CPPA include automated decision systems, individuals’ right to request
    their data to be deleted, data mobility, and consent.
  • The second aspect of Bill C-27 is the enactment of the Personal Information and Data
    Protection Tribunal Act (PIDPTA). This legislation creates a new administrative tribunal
    where the Privacy Commissioner’s decisions under the CPPA can be appealed. However,
    this does not absolve the Electronic Documents Act from being enforced. The EDA
    remains in force as a separate act.
  • Lastly, the Bill falls into step with the evolving dependency and interaction between legal
    structure and AI. The new Artificial Intelligence and Data Act (AIDA) provides a
    regulatory framework for international trade and trade conducted within different
    provinces involving artificial intelligence or AI. AIDA mandates the more sophisticated
    AI software to mitigate risks associated with harm and bias. The risk management aspect
    of this act is perhaps its most important feature. The penalties for violating this act are
    monetary in nature.

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