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The deadline for feedback has been extended to December 4, 2017.

September 28, 2017

Privacy commissioner seeks feedback on draft consent guidance

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) is seeking feedback on two draft guidance documents related to consent.

The documents were developed following the Office’s consultation on the issue of consent under PIPEDA. The goal of the consultation was to identify improvements to the current consent model and bring clearer definition to the roles and responsibilities of the various players who could implement them.

On September 21, 2017, we published a report outlining the results of our consultation on consent, which included actions and recommendations to address consent challenges posed by the digital age. Among a variety of actions the OPC will take, the report highlighted that we will update guidance on online consent and that we would also draft new guidance for businesses on no-go zones where the use of personal information, even with consent, should be prohibited as inappropriate.

The OPC has now released, for consideration, those two draft guidance documents:

  • Draft guidelines: Obtaining meaningful online consent
  • Draft guidance: Inappropriate data practices – interpretation and application of subsection 5(3)

The OPC is now calling on individuals, organizations, other privacy enforcement authorities, academics, advocacy groups, information technologists, educators, students and any other interested parties to provide their feedback on these two draft guidance documents.

We are seeking feedback between September 28, 2017 and November 24, 2017. Please see our Notice of Consultation and Call for Comments for more information on how to share your views.

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