OTTAWA – The federal privacy commissioner says he is “frustrated” that the federal government isn’t better protecting Canadians’ right to privacy while more and more services are going digital because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his latest annual report published Thursday morning, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien came out swinging against Canada’s privacy laws that he considers to be significantly obsolete.
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“The law is simply not up to protecting our rights in a digital environment. Risks to privacy and other rights are heightened by the fact that the pandemic is fuelling rapid societal and economic transformation in a context where our laws fail to provide Canadians with effective protection,” his 2019-2020 annual report reads.
During a press conference Thursday, Therrien said that ultimately, Canadians are the ones losing out if their private data isn’t well protected by the government in the new digital era.