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Scheer promises new privacy committees, rules for data collection and AI

Briefs | 09/06/2019 4:29 pm EDT

The Conservative Party is promising new rules for electronic data collection and technologies like the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence if it wins in this fall’s federal election.

We will ensure that plain language use agreements are put in place so that companies collecting electronic data must receive informed consent from Canadians,” the party said in a press release Friday.

The party also promised to “apply regulatory standards for the ethical and secure use of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.”

It said it would create a brand, “Canada Cyber Safe” to inform consumers the product has met “rigorous security standards.”

The release said it would also establish an expert committee that includes industry representatives, which would “define binding cyber security standards for critical infrastructure sectors and penalties for non- compliance.”

A Conservative government would also set up a “Cabinet Committee on Cyber Security and Data Privacy and conduct periodic cyber security penetration testing on all government departments and establish performance benchmarks for senior public servants,” party leader Andrew Scheer said in the release.

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