A Standards Council of Canada committee is helping Canadians navigate the European data protection legislation that took effect a year ago this month.
SCC’s Canadian Advisory Committee on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has identified resources to help Canadian organizations understand the law, which affects organizations beyond Europe’s borders. Canadian organizations that offer goods or services to people in the EU, or which monitor the behaviour of EU residents, must also comply. Failure to do so risks fines of up to $20 million euros or four per cent of a business’s annual worldwide revenue, whichever is larger.
In January 2019, the European Commission released an infographic which revealed that several high level cases are ongoing, and that fines — including one of $5,280 euros for a sports-betting café in Austria, and another of $50 million euros for Google— have already been issued.
SCC’s committee welcomes inquiries from prospective new members, as well as questions about GDPR and its impact, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those questions will help to inform the future work of the committee, which also has a mandate to work toward data privacy and data protection standards that could help Canadians compete in the European marketplace.