In an op-ed for OpenCanada, Virgil Haden-Pawlowski writes about the challenges humanitarian organizations face as they use more data to aid in their efforts. While the information can help those organizations determine who is most in need of assistance, malicious actors and warfare states may attempt to steal the information for their own gains. Haden-Pawlowski cites the EU General Data Protection Regulation as a law that helps protect data subjects’ privacy rights; however, it does not help those who are in other parts of the world. “The Canadian government is expected to produce a national data strategy in the near future,” Haden-Pawlowski writes. “Whether or not it offers similar data privacy protection for those who receive Canadian humanitarian assistance as it will offer for Canadians will test if Canada can do better than the EU’s GDPR.”
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