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Canada's Digital Charter: Trust in a digital world

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Transcription — Canada's Digital Charter: Trust in a digital world

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[Text on screen: The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development]

The Honourable Navdeep Bains: Technology has transformed our lives — from how we access information, to the ways we work, shop, and connect with each other.

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The Honourable Navdeep Bains: However, it also presents new challenges, specifically when it comes to protecting one of the most sensitive aspects of who we are in the modern world — that is our personal information online.

[Text On Screen: Protecting personal data and privacy]

The Honourable Navdeep Bains: And we must find a way to protect that data, while still being open to the economic opportunities of a data-driven world.

[Text On Screen: Opportunities of a data-driven world]

The Honourable Navdeep Bains: Our competitiveness depends on it.

[Text On Screen: Drive digital innovation]

The Honourable Navdeep Bains: From expanding shopping online, to research and healthcare breakthroughs, to finally tackling gridlock, Canadians understand the potential of data.

[Text On Screen: Trust the use of data]

The Honourable Navdeep Bains: They also told us that we must find ways to use data responsibly.

[Text On Screen: The 10 principles of the Charter

  1. Universal access
  2. Safety and security
  3. Control and consent
  4. Transparency, portability and interoperability
  5. Open and modern digital government
  6. A level playing field
  7. Data and digital for good
  8. Strong democracy
  9. Free from hate and violent extremism
  10. Strong enforcement and real accountability]

The Honourable Navdeep Bains: The good news is, under Canada's new digital and data principles, these are complementary, not competing, priorities. Canada's digital and data principles lay down the foundation that will allow us to build an innovative, people-centered and inclusive digital and data economy built on trust. It's that simple.

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Building a foundation of trust

Digital technology is changing our economy and our society—the way we access information, work, and connect with each other. Data is now a resource that companies use to be more productive and to develop better products and services, unleashing a digital revolution around the world.

In this digital world, Canadians must be able to trust that their privacy is protected, that their data will not be misused, and that companies operating in this space communicate in a simple and straightforward manner with their users. This trust is the foundation on which our digital and data-driven economy will be built.

See Canada's Digital Charter and how the Government of Canada is building this foundation of trust and encouraging continued growth across our economy. It relies on governments, citizens and businesses working together to ensure that privacy is protected, data is kept safe, and Canadian companies can lead the world in innovations that fully embrace the benefits of the digital economy.

The 10 principles of the Charter

1. Universal Access:

All Canadians will have equal opportunity to participate in the digital world and the necessary tools to do so, including access, connectivity, literacy and skills.

2. Safety and Security:

Canadians will be able to rely on the integrity, authenticity and security of the services they use and should feel safe online.

3. Control and Consent:

Canadians will have control over what data they are sharing, who is using their personal data and for what purposes, and know that their privacy is protected.

4. Transparency, Portability and Interoperability:

Canadians will have clear and manageable access to their personal data and should be free to share or transfer it without undue burden.

5. Open and Modern Digital Government:

Canadians will be able to access modern digital services from the Government of Canada, which are secure and simple to use.

6. A Level Playing Field:

The Government of Canada will ensure fair competition in the online marketplace to facilitate the growth of Canadian businesses and affirm Canada's leadership on digital and data innovation, while protecting Canadian consumers from market abuses.

7. Data and Digital for Good:

The Government of Canada will ensure the ethical use of data to create value, promote openness and improve the lives of people—at home and around the world.

8. Strong Democracy:

The Government of Canada will defend freedom of expression and protect against online threats and disinformation designed to undermine the integrity of elections and democratic institutions.

9. Free from Hate and Violent Extremism:

Canadians can expect that digital platforms will not foster or disseminate hate, violent extremism or criminal content.

10. Strong Enforcement and Real Accountability:

There will be clear, meaningful penalties for violations of the laws and regulations that support these principles.

The Charter in action

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What we heard during the National Digital and Data Consultations

Canada's Digital Charter is founded on ten principles that reflect what we have heard from Canadians, including during the National Digital and Data Consultations. Held between June and October 2018, the Consultations included 30 roundtable discussions hosted by Six Digital Innovation Leaders across the country, engaging with more than 550 Canadians. Through our website and online platforms, Canadians shared 1,900 ideas.

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