Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien said a new federal privacy law should balance privacy and innovation, IT World Canada reports. Therrien believes the best way to do so is to give Canadian citizens more privacy rights. The commissioner said any new privacy law “should mostly be drafted as a rights-based statute, meaning a law that confers enforceable rights to individuals, while also allowing for responsible innovation. I am growing increasingly troubled that longstanding privacy rights and values in Canada are not being given equal importance within a new digital ecosystem eagerly focused on embracing and leveraging data for various purposes.” Therrien also noted the federal government has been slow to act when it has been asked to enact “real legislative change in this context.” In an op-ed for The Globe and Mail, Michael Geist explains why amendments to the federal law will not fix all of Canada's privacy issues.
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