Québec introduces new privacy legislation
- Prevent the transfer of personal data from Québec to other legal jurisdictions that don’t have the same level of data protection;
- Make privacy impact assessments mandatory for any IT system that uses personal data; and
- Give Québec’s privacy authority enhanced enforcement powers, including the ability to fine organizations up to $25 million or 4% of their global profit.
New legislation would also introduce new data rights for Québec residents, including the right to be informed when subject to automated decision making, and the right to be forgotten.
SpaceX applies to provide high-speed internet in Canada
US aerospace company SpaceX applied to the CRTC last week
to begin providing high-speed internet access to Canadians. SpaceX hopes to use satellite internet to close the digital divide experienced by northern and rural communities. In 2018, just 40% of rural, Canadian households
had access to high-speed internet—with speeds of at least 50 megabits per second—and today, many of these households are struggling to adapt
to new work and learn from home environments because of their internet quality.
Government confirms new contact tracing app
The Canadian Digital Service and Ontario Digital Service, two government organizations, are teaming up with Blackberry and Shopify to develop a contact tracing app
for Canada. The app will be piloted in Ontario as early as July 2nd before being rolled out across the country.
Health equality advocates specializing in the digital divide have highlighted concerns
over whether the solution will be accessible to those most impacted by the disease. Canadians over the age of 60 account for 95% of all COVID-19 related deaths in Canada, but are also less likely to own a smartphone
Canada and Québec move on responsible AI
ISED recently announced the opening of a new AI centre of expertise in Montréal, the International Centre of Expertise in Montréal for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (ICEMAI). ICEMAI will work alongside a corresponding centre of expertise located in Paris. The centres will focus on four research themes: responsible AI, data governance, the future of work, and innovation and commercialization. - Mairead Matthews