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June 18, 2019

Commissioner shares views on legislative reform in keynote address

Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien shared his perspectives on the how federal privacy legislation should be amended during a keynote address May 23, 2019 at the International Association of Privacy Professionals Canada Privacy Symposium 2019.

In his remarks, he noted that the starting point for modernization should be to give the law a rights-based foundation.

“Privacy is more than a set of technical or procedural rules, settings, controls and administrative safeguards…. Instead, it is a fundamental right and a necessary precondition for the exercise of other fundamental rights, including freedom, equality and, as we saw in Cambridge Analytica, democracy,” he said.

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