Canadian Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains has unveiled a Digital Charter with principles geared toward reforming the country's privacy and competition legislation, Canada's National Observer reports. The principles are billed as measures to rebuild "a foundation of trust" that connects Canadians and the digital world. Whether or not the principles can be turned around and made into laws prior to October elections is unclear, but going against these principles will be costly, according to Bains. "There will be clear, meaningful penalties for violations of the laws and regulations that support these principles," Bains said, adding that the principles will also work to ensure fair competition and growth among Canadian businesses while shielding consumers from a one-sided online marketplace.
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