by Shaya Silber
A Step in the Right Direction
As far as Canadian privacy law is concerned, Google’s new policy does not yet seem to be in violation of any law. The most applicable law would be PIPEDA. PIPEDA governs the collection, use, and disclosure of private information by private sector companies. In a nutshell, a company must obtain consent before they can collect, use, or disclose an individual’s private information.
It’s arguable that Google’s new policy is a step towards better compliance with PIPEDA. The old system used a series of complicated and tedious privacy policies for each of Google’s products. Each user agreed to those policies, but likely did not understand what they were agreeing to. In the new policy, user consent is arguably more informed. Furthermore, a user would have a difficult time arguing that they were not aware of Google’s policy. This is especially true given the persistent notices that Google has been plastering across their sites.