What is Quebec Law 25?

Quebec Law 25 is a provincial privacy law in Canada that regulates the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information by enterprises operating in Quebec. The key requirements of Law 25 include:

  • Consent for collection, use, and disclosure of personal information must be manifest, free, enlightened, and given for specific purposes.
  • Before obtaining consent, enterprises must disclose the purposes, usage, and accessibility of the information, and the right to access and correct information.
  • Collection of information should be limited to what is necessary for the specified purposes.
  • Information can only be used for the purposes consented to. New consent is needed for new purposes.
  • Requires disclosure of any tracking or profiling technologies used.
  • Heightened consent requirements for children under 14.
  • Broad applicability to any enterprise with organized economic activity in Quebec, even if non-commercial.
  • Exemptions for journalistic, historical, or genealogical purposes.

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