On June 18, the Governor General gave the Royal Assent to Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act, which amends various provisions in PIPEDA.
MRIA participated in the Parliamentary consultations that took place as part of the Bill's review. While we supported a number of proposals, such as the new mandatory breach notification requirements, we also objected to a key change to PIPEDA, which now allows private organizations in certain circumstances to share the personal information of their clients with other private organizations without requiring consent, a court order or a warrant. To read more, click here
BILL S-4, THE DIGITAL PRIVACY ACT
Bill S-4, also known as the 'Digital Privacy Act', was introduced by the Leader of the Government in the Senate on April 8, 2014, with the purported intention of modernizing PIPEDA, Canada's privacy legislation governing private organizations.
MRIA ON BILL S-4, THE DIGITAL PRIVACY ACT
- MRIA Press Release to Parliamentary Galleries and Business Media, June 18, 2014 (PDF)
- S-4: An Act to amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and to make a consequential amendment to another Act
- Senate Debates: Third Reading (June 17, 2014)
- MRIA Brief to the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications (PDF)
BILL S-4 IN THE PRESS
- The Chronicle Herald - June 17, 2014: Peter MacKay claims government, high court agree on info privacy, by PAUL MCLEOD OTTAWA BUREAU
- CBC News - June 13, 2013: Internet users' privacy upheld by Canada's top court - Internet providers can't provide customer names and addresses to police without a warrant
- Michael Geist, June 11, 2014: Blown Chances, Bogus Claims & Blatant Hypocrisy: Why Yesterday Was a Disastrous Day for Cdn Privacy