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Three decades ago the Supreme Court said privacy ought to be a right. This bill to protect digital data privacy has been languishing for years, and yet as important as it is, the remedy is more bureaucracy administered by more bureaucrats. Joe’s Garage will be subject to the same regulatory obligations as the Royal Bank – with the same penalties. The real collectors of our digital information – the mega digital platforms and governments – will not be constrained by this bill. Digital privacy is a fundamental right that urgently requires strengthened legislation, protections, and enforcement. Canadians must have the right to access and control collection, use, monitoring, retention, and disclosure of their personal data. Today, the House of Commons debated Bill C-27, the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2022. Watch my concerns about the effectiveness of this bill in meeting our objectives.
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