The federal government has introduced Bill C-11 the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020, into Parliament. Bill C-11 aims to modernize the framework for the protection of personal information in the private sector and provide individuals with greater control over their information.
What you need to know
- The Bill proposes to create a new privacy statute, the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA)—as well as a new administrative tribunal, the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal (Data Protection Tribunal).
- The Privacy Commissioner’s powers will be expanded, including with respect to mandatory orders and financial penalties.
- Consumers will have a private right of action following a regulatory investigation, but must prove loss in order to recover damages.
- The CPPA includes several new obligations for businesses and new consumer rights, ranging from algorithmic transparency to data deletion requirements, but is not a mirror image of the EU’s GDPR.