Justin Trudeau’s government must finally move to defend our privacy. Justin Trudeau has been the Prime Minister of Canada for six years. Three years ago, he promised us new privacy rights with the introduction of the Digital Charter.1 And just one year ago, his government tabled federal privacy Bill C-11, then let it die rather than fixing it.2
Stalling on privacy law reform hurts us every day. Since Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister:
- One of Canada’s two credit reporting agencies, Equifax, gave our sensitive personal information to a foreign company that lost it;3,4
- TransUnion, the other major credit agency, didn’t ask our permission before giving our personal financial information to the Canadian government;5
- Cadillac Fairview, the company that owns most of our malls, secretly installed cameras that collect our biometric data;6
- And an American company, Clearview AI, stole all of the pictures of our faces from the Internet and sold them to law enforcement;7
- Telus, one of the Big Three telecom companies in Canada, gave eight months of detailed location data collected from 33 million Canadian mobile devices to the federal government.8
Despite all of these CLEAR privacy violations, there have been no significant repercussions for any of the offending companies — and there wouldn’t have been under fatally flawed Bill C-11, either.9
Canada’s digital privacy landscape is rapidly deteriorating under Justin Trudeau, and change is desperately needed.
The government has made commitments to table legislation that “takes on Big Tech” in their first 100 days, but nowhere have they mentioned privacy law reform.10,11 If the government is genuinely interested in addressing the growing power imbalances between Big Tech and Canadians, they need to start by giving us meaningful digital rights.
So we’re counting down: 6, 3, 1 — #DemandPrivacy. We’ve waited long enough. Six years since Trudeau took office, three years since he promised us new digital rights, and one year since he abandoned federal privacy law reform.
Time is up: No more inaction, no more broken promises, no more bad legislation, no more waiting — we’re demanding our digital privacy rights NOW. It’s time that Justin Trudeau and the government of Canada gets the message loud and clear that we need new tools to protect ourselves.
Speak up NOW: demand the government give us meaningful privacy rights for the digital age!