In May 2019, the federal government requested public comments on proposed amendments to federal privacy legislation. These amendments are sweeping, including changes to existing privacy laws and incorporating a set of “online rights” for Canadians. These new online rights include data portability; the ability to withdraw, remove and erase basic personal data from a platform; the knowledge of how personal data is used; and the ability to review and challenge the amount of personal data a company or government has collected. The purpose of these amendments is to bring Canadian privacy laws compatible with the new digital era for the economy; and to bring Canadian laws into step with privacy legislation in Europe, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Additionally, the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) provides a number of broad and specific provisions to protect personal information.
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