Privacy bill sets out rules on use of personal data, artificial intelligence

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OTTAWA — The federal Liberals introduced privacy legislation today to give Canadians more control over their personal data and introduce new rules for the use of artificial intelligence.

The bill, presented by Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, aims to fulfil his mandate to advance the federal digital charter, strengthen privacy protections for consumers and provide clear rules for fair competition in the online marketplace.

The digital charter spells out 10 principles that range from ensuring control over information to meaningful penalties for misuse of data.

The legislation was expected to revive some threads of a previous bill, introduced by the Liberals in late 2020, that did not become law.

That bill would have required companies to obtain consent from customers through plain language before using their personal data.

It aimed to ensure Canadians could permanently delete their information on social media platforms, and would have armed the federal privacy commission some powers to encourage compliance.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 16, 2022.

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