Bill 64 on modernizing Québec privacy law – Why it matters and how to prepare for it

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Oct 14, 2021

Bill 64 sets a precedent for important reform in Canadian private sector privacy law. Organizations should prepare for the changes it brings, even if they do not consider themselves governed by the Quebec law.

Québec’s Bill 64An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, was adopted unanimously, on September 21, 2021, receiving assent on September 22, 2021. The clock has started running to prepare for its implementation in covered organizations. While most new provisions will come into effect only two years after assent, the organizational transformation they entail is significant and will require time and resources. To comply with Bill 64, organizations must:

  1. establish data governance processes, including ones to assist individuals in exercising new privacy rights
  2. develop corporate data management policies
  3. adopt technological solutions to de-index or transfer personal information upon request; and
  4. issue internal guidelines to support staff and service providers in the implementation of the new privacy regime.

Review a summary on Dentons' website.

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