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June 11, 2019

Consultation on transfers for processing – Reframed discussion document

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) is reframing its consultation on transfers for processing, including transborder dataflows.

The decision to change our approach to the consultation was made following the publication by the federal government of its Digital Charter on May 21, which suggests transborder data flows may be dealt with in an eventual new federal privacy law.

The OPC now invites stakeholder views both on how the current law should be interpreted and applied in these contexts, and on how a future law should provide effective privacy protection in the context of transfers for processing. The deadline for submissions is August 6, 2019.

For ease of reading, we have consolidated our original consultation documents and questions into this new, standalone discussion document. The questions we previously posed with respect to the current law remain the same, and we have added additional questions related to how a future law could address transborder data flows to effectively protect privacy.

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