Information and privacy commissioner Michael McEvoy.

B.C.’s current privacy legislation is “toothless”, the province’s privacy watchdog said Tuesday, as he called for the powers that be to lay fines against companies that willfully violate people’s privacy.

Information and privacy commissioner Michael McEvoy told a legislative committee Tuesday that not only does the province’s privacy legislation need “urgent reform” to respond to technological advancements such as artificial intelligence, facial recognition and data collection by social-media giants, it also must be strengthened to include monetary penalties for bad actors.

The Personal Information and Protection Act “is in many respects toothless because the most I can do to sanction even a serious willful violation of our legislation is to order an organization to do what it should have done in the first place which is fulfil its legal duty,” McEvoy told the B.C. committee reviewing the act that was originally drafted in 2003.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun – Politics

      

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