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ICTC’s response to Ontario’s Public Consultation on Privacy Protection: New report

Published: October 29th, 2020 By:

A new report by ICTC, Renewing Privacy for the Modern Digital Economy, provides a response to the Government of Ontario’s public consultation to improve the province’s privacy protection laws governing how organizations can collect, use, and disclose personal information.

COVID-19 has pushed entire communities online, making the improvement of privacy laws a priority for many jurisdictions. Telehealth, teleworking, virtual learning, and recent trends in artificial intelligence and the adoption of new digital tools all raise significant privacy implications.

As the Ontario government considers whether to establish its own provincial privacy legislation to replace federal privacy legislation for governing things like the right to erasure and competition and data portability, it will be important to maintain clear and effective coordination between the relevant parties.

This report is ICTC’s considered response to the Ontario government’s eight proposals on the following subjects:

  1. Increased Transparency
  2. Enhanced Consent
  3. The Right to Erasure
  4. Data Portability
  5. Stronger Enforcement
  6. De-Identified and Derived Data
  7. Expanding Scope
  8. Data Trusts

“In an increasingly digital-led future, data and online platforms continue to permeate every aspect of our private and business lives. From increased transparency and literacy to data portability, this report addresses the construct of a modern privacy law that is the bedrock of resilient digital economy,” said Namir Anani, ICTC President & CEO.

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is a not-for-profit, national centre of expertise for strengthening Canada’s digital advantage in a global economy. Through trusted research, practical policy advice, and creative capacity-building programs, ICTC fosters globally competitive Canadian industries enabled by innovative and diverse digital talent. In partnership with an expansive network of industry leaders, academic partners, and policy makers from across Canada, ICTC has empowered a robust and inclusive digital economy for over 25 years.

The following executives and subject experts are available for an interview:

Namir Anani, ICTC president and CEO
Rob Davidson, Director, Data Analytics
Alexandra Cutean, ICTC Senior Director of Research & Policy
Mairead Matthews, Research and Policy Analyst

Thank you for your interest in this report. To arrange an interview or for more information, please contact Paul Stastny at p.stastny@ictc-ctic.ca (ph: 403.351.0138 Ext. 823).


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