AI technology is being integrated into all we do day by day. We need carefully constructed laws that protect YOU from its potential harms.
Unfortunately, rather than taking the time to craft careful, thought-out legislation the government is trying to sneak a minimal level of AI regulation into Bill C-27, Canada’s long overdue privacy bill. That’s a double risk, distracting our MPs attention from getting C-27’s vital privacy provisions right, while risking rushing through inadequate AI rules without the proper scrutiny they deserve.4
The AI rules aren’t ready. So far, the development of AIDA hasn't included any broad consultations on what the public wants or rights experts recommend; and that’s led to a bill with broad areas of uncertainty about what types of AI are regulated, or what AI conduct is illegal. The worst part? These AI rules only apply to private citizens and companies – there’s no regulation of how law enforcement and security agencies use AI at all.5
This version of AIDA in Bill C-27 is Canada’s first attempt at regulating this technology – and its implications are monumental for the future of AI. This legislation is undeniably one of the most crucial pieces of our legal framework, and must be gotten right.
This isn't the end of the road. If you raise your voice now, we can ensure that the government puts more time into AIDA and strengthens this Bill before passing it. We still have an opportunity to influence the outcome of this bill while the Standing Committee on Industry, Science, and Technology (INDU) reviews it – but we need to speak up NOW.
Like it or not, AI seems like it is going to be a bigger part of our lives in Canada in the near future. We need rules on its use that really look out for us. We need laws that put our rights first and understand the problems AI can cause. Tell your MP they have a choice: either they can AIDA from C-27 and get it fixed elsewhere, or at minimum make significant amendments to it to give us stronger AI protections.