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Strong privacy laws needed in digital age

By Michael Geist      

Rather than weakening or abandoning consent models, Canadian law needs to upgrade its approach by making consent more effective in the digital environment.

Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien should resist calls from the business community for rules that take the onus off of companies to protect the privacy of individuals, writes MIchael Geist. Photograph by Dave Chan/Office of the Privacy Commissioner
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OTTAWA—Privacy laws around the world may differ on certain issues, but all share a key principle: the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information requires user consent. The challenge in a digital world where data is continuously collected and can be used in a myriad of previously unimaginable ways is how to ensure that the consent model still achieves the objective of giving the public effective control over their personal information. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of

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