CPPA to Significantly Reform Canadian Privacy Law – Released Today

This morning the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, introduced the proposed Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020, which modernizes the framework for the protection of personal information in the private sector. Through the proposed Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020 (DCIA), the Government of Canada intends to establish a new privacy law for the private sector, the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA). If passed, the DCIA would significantly increase protections to Canadians’ personal information by giving Canadians more control and greater transparency when companies handle their personal information. The DCIA would also provide significant new consequences for non-compliance with the law, including steep fines for violations.

Here is a link to the full press release as well as a fact sheet outlining key components of the new legislation which is referred to as the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA).

One key thing to note in the fact sheet is the intent for government to recognize codes of practice and certification systems: To help organizations understand their obligations under the CPPA and demonstrate compliance, the legislation would allow organizations to ask the Privacy Commissioner to approve codes of practice and certification systems that set out rules for how the CPPA applies in certain activities, sectors or business models.This makes our efforts on developing the TCF framework for Canada more pressing than ever.

IAB Canada will be hosting an information session for members and we encourage you all to attend as we will be taking you through the proposed law as well as the potential implications on your business. We will send registration details as soon as they become available.

If you have any questions please reach out to policy@iabcanada.com