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Building a foundation of trust - Mapple News

Digital technology is changing our economy and our society: the way we access information, work and connect with each other. Data is now a resource that companies use to be more productive and develop better products and services, unleashing a digital revolution around the world.

In this digital world, Canadians must be prepared to trust that their privacy is protected, that their data will not be misused and that the companies that operate during this space communicate easily and directly with their users. This trust is the foundation on which our digital and data-driven economy will be built.

See the Canada Digital Charter and how the Canadian government is building this foundation of trust and fostering continued growth in our economy. It relies on governments, citizens and businesses working together to ensure privacy is protected, data is kept safe, and Canadian companies can lead the world in innovations that fully exploit the benefits of the digital economy.

Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020              

In November 2020, the government proposed the Digital Charter Implementation Law of 2020, which would modernize the framework for the protection of personal information in the private sector. This legislation takes a number of important steps to ensure that Canadians are protected by modern and responsive law and that innovative companies benefit from clear rules, even as technology continues to evolve, including:

  • Increase control and transparency when companies handle Canadians' personal information;
  • Give Canadians the freedom to move their information from one organization to another securely;
  • Ensure that when consent is withdrawn or information is no longer needed, 
  • Canadians can demand that their information be destroyed; and
  • Providing the heaviest fines among the G7 privacy laws, with fines of up to 5% of revenue or $ 25 million, whichever is greater, for the most serious crimes.

The 10 principles of the Charter

1. Global Access: All Canadians will have an equal opportunity to participate in the digital world and the tools to do so, including access, connectivity, literacy and skills.
2. Safety and Security: Canadians will be able to rely on the integrity, authenticity and security of the services they use and should feel safe online.
3. Control and Consent: Canadians will have control over what data they are sharing, who is using their personal data and for what purposes, and know that their privacy is protected.
4. Transparency, Portability and Interoperability: Canadians will have clear and manageable access to their personal data and should be free to share or transfer it without undue burden.

5. Open and Modern Digital Government: Canadians will be able to access modern digital services from the Government of Canada, which are secure and simple to use.

6. A Level Playing Field: The Government of Canada will ensure fair competition in the online marketplace to facilitate the growth of Canadian businesses and affirm Canada's leadership on digital and data innovation, while protecting Canadian consumers from market abuses.

7. Data and Digital for Good: The Government of Canada will ensure the ethical use of data to create value, promote openness and improve the lives of people—at home and around the world.

8. Strong Democracy: The Government of Canada will defend freedom of expression and protect against online threats and disinformation designed to undermine the integrity of elections and democratic institutions.

9. Free from Hate and Violent Extremism: Canadians can expect that digital platforms will not foster or disseminate hate, violent extremism or criminal content.

10. Strong Enforcement and Real Accountability: There will be clear, meaningful penalties for violations of the laws and regulations that support these principles.

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