David Young, – Lawyers Daily, Mar 30, 2018
On February 28 the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics published its report of the review of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). The committee’s report focuses on responding to technological change. However, in light of the current Facebook data “scandal”, the question is, can the law ever keep pace with technology?
The committee’s review was informed firstly, by the dramatic changes in technology since 2000 – when it became law – and secondly, by the European Union’s new General Data Protection Directive (GDPR), which becomes law this May.
The committee’s recommendations import a major overhaul of PIPEDA. However it is not clear what direction legislative amendment will take – will it be a wholesale rewrite, or just selective changes? How the government responds to the technology revolution and the trajectory for reform will be watched closely.
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