October 4, 2018
Recommendations for Canada’s Digital Transformation
VANCOUVER, October 4, 2018 – The B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association submitted a paper to the department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development for their consultation on digital transformation.
The national digital and data consultation, including the roundtable discussions that took place across Canada from June to September of this year, were an important step to ensuring that government is taking all the varied and diverse stakeholders involved this process into account.
“We’re encouraged by government’s willingness to receive outside feedback and optimistic that Canada’s digital transformation will instigate much needed improvements to our privacy and data protections,” said FIPA executive director, Sara Neuert.
Our submission compared Canada’s existing privacy and data protection framework to international regulations like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Based on this analysis, we created a list of recommendations, which include:
- Increased funding for education and awareness around risks related to digital transformation and privacy breaches
- The creation of a proactive reporting culture around privacy in government
- An accessible complaints process for individuals who are reporting privacy breaches
- Increased funding and investigative and enforcement power for the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Office of Privacy
- More research on the impact of privacy issues on marginalized groups in a digital transformation
- Further study on the impact of public utilities being transferred to a digital platform
- The creation of a new data protection and privacy framework that complies with digital transformation and sufficient time for interested groups to provide feedback prior to implementation.
The Innovation, Science, and Economic Development department will be issuing a report based on these consultations in the near future.
Sara Neuert, Executive Director
BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association
Email: Sara (at) fipa.bc.ca