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Consultation on artificial intelligence

As part of our legislative reform policy analysis work, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) examined artificial intelligence (AI) as it relates specifically to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). In our view, AI presents fundamental challenges to all PIPEDA principles and we have identified several areas where the Act could be enhanced.

In our opinion, responsible innovation involving AI systems must take place in a regulatory environment that respects fundamental rights and creates the conditions for trust in the digital economy to flourish.

What we have done

In January 2020, we invited feedback on our Office’s proposals for ensuring appropriate regulation of AI:

What we heard

We received 86 submissions and held two in-person consultations. We consulted and received feedback from industry, academia, civil society, and the legal community, among others.

Our results and recommendations

On November 12, 2020, we published key recommendations for regulating AI. We also published a separate report commissioned by the OPC, which informs the recommendations for law reform and takes into account stakeholder feedback in the consultation:

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