Strengthening Privacy Protections for Ontario’s Digital Future

Published on June 21, 2021

Ontarians have told us they are concerned about their privacy and use of the personal information they share online, particularly when it comes to children and vulnerable communities.

 

We are committed to protecting the privacy of Ontarians – that is why the government has released a White Paper, outlining privacy proposals that we have developed through extensive expert consultations.

 

These proposals for proposed privacy law for our digital world would:

  • introduce a rights-based approach to privacy,
  • foster safe use of artificial intelligence and automated decision-making,
  • enhance consent and lawful uses of personal data,
  • ensure stronger data transparency,
  • protect vulnerable groups such as children and youth,
  • create a fair, proportionate and supportive regulatory regime, and
  • support innovators and expand scope to not-for-profits, charities, trade unions and non-commercial activities.

 

The proposed federal Bill C-11 strips away protections Ontarians should expect to have and will not keep our citizens safe. It has been recognized as a “step back” by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

 

We hope that in reading our policy proposals, the federal government will consider changes to Bill C-11 to meet the needs of all Canadians. However, if our province finds that a made-in-Ontario privacy law is our only option, we will be ready.

 

We encourage all concerned parents, businesses, and organizations to review and provide their input on this white paper at Ontario.ca/PrivacyProtection

 

Join the conversation on the protection of personal data: https://news.ontario.ca/en/statement/1000369/strengthening-privacy-protections-for-ontarios-digital-future