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January 28, 2020

Commissioner seeks input on protecting Canadians’ rights as artificial intelligence expands

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) is seeking feedback on how Canada’s private sector privacy law could be strengthened to address risks related to the use of artificial intelligence.

The OPC is currently engaged in legislative reform policy analysis of both federal privacy laws. As a subset of this work, the office is examining artificial intelligence as it relates specifically to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

Artificial intelligence presents fundamental challenges to all of PIPEDA’s foundational privacy principles and the OPC has identified several areas where the Act could be enhanced.

Responsible innovation involving artificial intelligence systems must take place in a regulatory environment that respects fundamental rights and creates the conditions for trust in the digital economy to flourish.

The OPC is seeking to consult with experts in the field to validate its understanding of how privacy principles should apply and whether the proposals would be consistent with the responsible development and deployment of AI systems.

Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback by March 13, 2020.

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