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Opinion Editorial: The Future of Privacy Law

The Future of Privacy Law


The digital age has brought about a number of significant changes to the legal and regulatory landscape. One area that has seen a dramatic shift in recent years is privacy law. With the rise of social media, big data, and the Internet of Things, individuals are now sharing more personal information than ever before. In light of these developments, it is essential that our legal framework keeps pace with the changing nature of technology in order to protect privacy rights.

The Current State of Privacy Law

Current privacy laws are designed to protect personal information that is collected, used, and disclosed by organizations in Canada. The primary piece of legislation governing privacy in Canada is the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). PIPEDA sets out the rules for how organizations must handle personal information, including how it is collected, protected, used, and disclosed. It also provides individuals with the right to access and control their personal information.

Lack of Enforcement

Despite the presence of privacy laws, in recent years there has been increasing concern about the lack of enforcement. Many companies continue to collect and use personal information in ways that are inconsistent with these laws. While PIPEDA provides for fines of up to $100,000 for non-compliance, there have been few cases in which fines have been levied. This lack of enforcement sends a message to organizations that they can disregard privacy laws with relative impunity.

The Future of Privacy Law

Going forward, it is essential that privacy legislation is updated to keep up with the changing technological landscape. One proposed change is the introduction of a right to be forgotten. This would give individuals the right to have their personal information deleted from online databases and search results when it is no longer relevant. Another change is the introduction of penalties for companies that fail to adequately protect personal information. This would provide a stronger deterrent for non-compliance with privacy laws.

Data Ownership and Consent

Another area that requires attention is the issue of data ownership and consent. It is essential that individuals have control over their personal information and are able to consent to its collection and use. However, with the rise of big data, it is becoming increasingly difficult for individuals to have a clear understanding of how their personal information is being used. Clear rules are needed to ensure that organizations are transparent about their data collection practices and obtain appropriate consent from individuals.

International Cooperation

Privacy is a global issue and it is essential that there is international cooperation. Many of the big players in the tech industry, including Facebook and Google, operate across borders and it is important that there is a consistent framework for the protection of personal information. International agreements, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union, provide a model for how privacy laws can be effectively enforced on a global scale.


The digital age has brought about significant challenges to the protection of privacy rights. In order to address these challenges, it is essential that our legal framework is updated to keep pace with the changing technological landscape. This must include stronger enforcement measures, a right to be forgotten, clear rules around data ownership and consent, and international cooperation.

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