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Privacy bill sets rules on use of personal data and artificial intelligence – Mission City Record

The federal Liberals introduced privacy legislation on Thursday to give Canadians more control over their personal data, impose fines on non-compliant digital platforms and introduce new rules for the use of artificial intelligence.

The bill, introduced by Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, aims to fulfill his mandate to advance the federal digital charter, strengthen consumer privacy protections and provide clear rules for competitive fair in the online market.

Bill C-27, or the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2022, revives aspects of a previous bill, introduced by the Liberals in late 2020, which did not become law.

Under the bill, a new Consumer Privacy Act would aim to give Canadians more control over their personal information and how it is handled by digital platforms.

This would limit the information companies can collect about minors and give Canadians the option to ask digital platforms to permanently delete their data.

It would also give the Privacy Commissioner of Canada the power to make orders to encourage compliance through a new tribunal.

These powers would include the ability to fine non-compliant companies up to 5% of their worldwide revenue or $25 million, whichever is greater, for certain serious violations.

A proposed Artificial Intelligence and Data Act would create new rules regarding the creation and deployment of new AI technologies.

It would create an AI and data commissioner with the power to order third-party audits of companies’ operations.

It would also outline criminal offenses and penalties for using illegally obtained AI data, “reckless” deployment of AI, and its use with intent to “cause substantial economic loss.”

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce said in a statement Thursday that the changes are a welcome but long overdue development.

“The law has not kept pace with change, nor has it kept up with Canada’s international competitors,” said the organization’s senior vice-president, Mark Agnew.

“The so-called boundaries between ‘digital’ and ‘traditional’ businesses no longer exist and Canadian laws must be adapted to this reality or our businesses risk falling behind their international counterparts. »

With the House of Commons soon to rise for a summer recess, the bill is unlikely to see much debate before the fall.

—The Canadian Press

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