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Monday, 21 December 2020 08:03

The Gutting of Consent in Bill C-11

Written by Teresa Scassa
  Bill C-11, the bill to reform Canada’s private sector data protection regime, is titled the Digital Charter Implementation Act. The Digital Charter is a 10-point plan set out by the federal government to frame its digital agenda. This is the first of a series of posts that considers Bill C-11 in light of some of the principles of the Digital Charter. A key pillar of the Digital Charter is “consent”. It states: “Canadians will…

  Bill C-11, the Act to reform Canada’s private sector data protection legislation – contains a new provision – one that has no equivalent in the current Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. Section 39 will permit the disclosure of an individual’s personal information without their knowledge or consent where that the disclosure is for “socially beneficial purposes.” This post examines the proposed exception. In the course of their commercial activities, many private sector…

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