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Canada Dashboard Digest | Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, Aug. 19, 2022 Related reading: Canadian national convicted in US for involvement in Russian ransomware gang


I’ve said this before, but getting up to speed on how new and proposed laws in Canada will impact privacy is a pretty urgent requirement for privacy pros. Have you been doing your summer reading because — or maybe in spite of — my constant nagging?

My firm is quite focused on the real and potential impacts on our clients from both Quebec’s Bill 64 and the proposed Bill C-27. We’re certainly not alone and it’s great to see so many privacy folks sharing helpful content and organizing discussions on these topics.

What I’m not seeing much in these circles is lively discussion about what the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act — which is of course part of Bill C-27 — could mean for privacy. There’s a lot more attention being paid to the Consumer Privacy Protection Act, with very good reason, but there is some interplay with personal data protection that’s worth thinking about.

If you haven’t read it yet, you should check out Ontario Commissioner Patricia Kosseim’s recent blog, "Privacy and humanity on the brink." She makes some pretty compelling comments about the world we’re living in today and the future before us that, frankly, really resonated with me. She wrote about the role of AI in our lives and although she doesn’t comment on the federal legislation, she does take the opportunity to call on Ontario lawmakers to catch up on this topic given the important implications.  

Have you read anything on AIDA you think the privacy community should be keenly aware of? Let me know! In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the privacy news and have a great weekend.

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  • comment John Wunderlich • Aug 20, 2022
    The latest Law Bytes podcast from Micael Geist is an interview with Florian Martin-Bariteau on the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act: