Sign the petition: Make our privacy laws work for YOU!

When it comes to privacy, Canada’s government doesn’t want to play by the rules. They’re passing private sector privacy reform Bill C-27, but totally ignoring urgently needed reforms to the Privacy Act – the rules that govern how THEY respect our privacy!

In the meantime, we’re suffering careless data breaches and shady information sharing from one public agency after another, because they know our privacy laws won’t penalize their mistakes.1,2

In today's digital age, personal information is collected, shared, and used as currency – by companies AND by governments. Now more than ever it's important that our laws keep up to protect us from changing technology. Tell our government: it’s time to update and strengthen the Privacy Act so our laws start defending us from THEM. 

Sign the petition and demand meaningful reforms to the Privacy Act NOW!

TO: Justice Minister Arif Virani, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Every organization in Canada, including government agencies, corporations, political parties and nonprofits, must be held accountable by effective and up-to-date privacy rules. Yet despite surveying Canadians on how our public sector privacy laws must be reformed in 2021, nothing has moved forward since. 

The Privacy Act needs to be reinforced to align with contemporary understandings of how to safeguard privacy effectively and modern technological advances. Please update our Privacy Act to ensure government agencies effectively protect my privacy.

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The Privacy Act of Canada was established in 1983 to define Canada’s laws around how our government and its agencies should govern and protect our privacy, and has barely been updated since. Canadians are relying on privacy rules for government drafted before AI, before the smartphone, and before even the Internet existed as we know it today! That approach is deeply outdated, and fails to address the privacy challenges of the 21st century.3

What’s wrong with the Act? Well, it mostly doesn’t work! It lacks any real teeth when it comes to holding governmental organizations accountable for mishandling personal data.There's a glaring lack of transparency and independent oversight around how government agencies collect, use, and share our information. And let's not forget the loopholes – outdated laws mean that our privacy is often left vulnerable to be passed around from one government agency to another, or even to corporations that work for them.5

From vague language that leaves room for interpretation to weak penalties for violations, the Privacy Act is riddled with shortcomings that leave Canadians vulnerable to privacy breaches and abuses of power. It's time to close those loopholes, beef up enforcement, and give Canadians the strong privacy protections they deserve.

Isn't Bill C-27 fixing? NO! There’s two sets of federal laws that govern privacy in Canada; the Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which governs how companies and individuals handle our sensitive data, and the Privacy Act, which governs how government agencies can handle our sensitive data. After years of waiting, the government finally introduced Bill C-27 to start to clean up PIPEDA. Bill C-27 brings some welcomed changes to private sector privacy regulation, though there’s some concerning omissions and weaknesses in its proposals too.6 But despite a 2021 survey on how to upgrade and improve public sector privacy, which THOUSANDS of OpenMedia community members took part in, the government has done NOTHING to fix the Privacy Act since!7

With only C-27 on the books, we’re addressing only half of our privacy problems; it's like using a mop to clean up one-half of a flooded room. The days of paper records and filing cabinets are long gone, but our legislation hasn’t changed with it. Today we're swimming in a sea of data, and our current Privacy Act is like a leaky boat trying to stay afloat in it. 

Nine years ago, Justin Trudeau promised us a new era of privacy rights by introducing Canada’s Digital Charter.8,9 But where are we now? There’s been no movement at all on public sector privacy since 2021– and our protections are falling further and further behind. Enough is enough – it's time for action, not empty promises. Canadians deserve the full package of privacy protections, private AND public. Sign the petition and demand a strong updated Privacy Act today!


  1. Is your data safe with Canada Post? What we know about privacy law violations - Global News
  2. ArriveCan’s erroneous orders urging 10,200 Canadians to quarantine breached Privacy Act, commissioner says - The Globe and Mail
  3. Privacy Act - Government of Canada
  4. 'The laws have no teeth': Privacy watchdogs lament lack of powers in wake of Tim Hortons probe - Financial Post
  5. Submission on Reform of Canada’s Privacy Act: Modernizing Canada’s Privacy Act - Colin Bennett
  6. The Absolute Bare Minimum: Privacy and the New Bill C-27 - OpenMedia
  7. Survey Results: The Privacy Act in Canada - OpenMedia
  8. Clock already ticking on Liberal promise to introduce host of bills in first 100 days - CBC
  9. Modernizing Canada’s Privacy Act - Government of Canada

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