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On November 17, 2020, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry introduced the proposed Digital Charter Implementation Act (DCIA or “Act”), new legislation from the Liberal Party of Canada that could dramatically alter how the country regulates consumer data.[1] The Act, which will likely extend to businesses outside of Canada, aims to “significantly increase protections to Canadians’ personal information” and “provide significant new consequences for non-compliance with the law.”[2] The DCIA grants consumers powerful consent rules, including the ability to withdraw consent, control over the transfer of their information to third parties, algorithmic transparency rights and data de-identification safeguards.[3] Penalties for noncompliance are substantial and can reach as high as 5% of a company’s revenue or C$25 million, whichever is greater.[4]
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