Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, Jan. 11, 2019

11th January 2019 News 19 Views

There are rumors floating around that people are lobbying government officials with respect to what our privacy laws should look like. Is that a positive sign? Does this mean that the government is actually keen on modernizing the Privacy Act and PIPEDA? Or are they just trying to influence if and when the time comes?
All this has me thinking about what would likely be one of the bigger issues if we got around to amending our data protection laws. That is, what should the role of consent be in a new law?
If you’ve taken some time to read the EU General Data Protection Regulation, you’ll know that the EU has not abandoned the role of consent, but it has taken an approach where consent is not the end game. Many other obligations arise when it comes to data protection, and, in fact, it is permitted to process personal information in several situations when consent has not been necessarily obtained. It is this emphasis on the other obligations that has me thinking about what might happen if Canada were to take a run at changing our paradigm

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