Is Privacy a Right or a Compromise?
Since 1948, privacy has been defined as a fundamental human right recognized in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convenant on Civil and Political Rights and in many other international and regional treaties.
But that is not the case in Canada, where privacy interests are merely “essential to individual autonomy and dignity and to the full enjoyment of [apparently other] fundamental rights and freedoms”.
And so, in order for Canadians to finally be able to count on the protection of their personal identities and information, this drastic compromise had to — again — be made for the new Bill C-27, The Digital Charter Implementation Act 2022 to have a chance at seeing the light of day.
As if to force further clarity to that point, Justice Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) used a click-tracking service to make the announcement: