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Quebec adopts stricter privacy requirements

October 5, 2021

Significant changes were made to Quebec privacy law on September 21, 2021, when data privacy reform Bill 64, “An act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information“, was adopted by the Québec National Assembly.

The new legislation contains significant new compliance requirements expected to affect retail. These include rules related to privacy impact assessments, outsourcing, cross-border transfers, data portability, consent, transparency, and automated processing. It also includes a strengthened enforcement framework and high financial penalties.

RCC will be sharing more detail on our Privacy and Data webpage and exploring the new Quebec law at our members-only RCC Privacy Committee in the near future.

General information on key changes and transition time periods (1-3 years depending on requirements) is already available online, along with commentary from BLG and PwC.

Depending on member demand, RCC may organize a general information session on Bill 64 in the coming months. RCC’s Privacy Committee is also hosting a members-only information session for privacy practitioners in a few weeks.

For questions or more information contact

Kate Skipton
Senior Policy Analyst, Government Relations
416 467-3744