Understanding European Privacy Laws: Impacts on Canadian Business

By Ken Mark, Freelance writer.

On November 16 at the KPMG offices at 333 Bay Street the Belgian Canadian Business Chamber hosted  seminar on the recently announced European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In his opening remarks, Christian Frayssignes, vice-president of the Canadian Belgian Canadian Business Chamber (CBBC)  reported that in the first year of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the 28-member European Union,  Canadian exports increased 3.3 -per cent imports rose 12.5 per cent.

André van der Heyden, CBBC vice-president and COO also reminded  the audience that Brussels is the de facto capital of Europe being the home for several major European Union governing bodies as well as the ideal entry point for goods to reach more than half of the EU’s 510 million consumers

Cristina Onosé, Director Canadian Marketing Association,  explains  that under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Canadian firms must strengthen their IT data security practices and procedures to comply with of the EU’s requirement. As of November 1, 2018, its mandatory data breach notification will  be coming into force in Canada.  

GDPR  requires Canadian firms doing business with the EU to notify the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and all affected individuals if they suffer any type of loss of personal information that causes a real risk of major  harm. If Canadian companies offering goods or services to European Union (EU) residents or monitor the behavior of EU residents within the EU, they will now need to comply with strict new rules around how they collect, handle and secure information.

Says Derek Lackey, Toronto-based Managing Director of Newport Thomson, a data & privacy compliance consulting firm, “ concludes that Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which sets out the privacy obligations that firms must adhere to when they handling  personal information obtained in commercial is no longer adequate. 

He supports GDPR proposed  rules requiring firms to protect the personal and other data of their consumers and clients and formally requesting permission to share the personal data which they have collected. As well, he supports imposing penalties for non-compliance which do not exist under PIPEDA. “Enforcement is the key to protecting Canadians’ personal electronically collected data,“ he says.

Lackey also notes that the so-called FANG group of high-tech titans Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google may soon face huge fines from European and other regulators for their casual approach to sharing and selling their consumer data without informed consent.

In his comments, Donald Johnson, a partner with the law firm Air& Berlis and Honorary Consul General of Belgium in Toronto explained that existing data protection rules are inadequate in the today’s IT world based on involving external cloud computing solutions. He also notes that since 2012, the European Union has moved forward to become the world  leader in consumer data protection laws. He says, “Originally, personal data protection laws were based on principles, not rules.” 

He also mentions that many Canadian firms believe that they do not need to meet the new GDPR rules.  But if they have any business links with European firms, they should check if they need to comply. In fact, at the end of 2017, almost 40 per cent of EU companies were not ready for the new legislation.

In her comments, Sharon Bauer, a partner with the consulting firm KPMG outlined that GDPR requires that forms must inform regulators that their data system has been breached and if there is severe damage to  customer data  its cause and how it was repaired. Failure to  comply may lead to severe fines.

However, Bauer concludes that a positive certificate of assessment becomes  a seal of approval for the firm that increases the comfort level of its customers buying their products or services.

“It assures them ‘You can do business securely with us’.” 

Belgian passport – Belgisch paspoort – Passeport belge / Toronto – 07+08/11/2018

BELANGRIJK –  IMPORTANT

Do you need a new passport in the coming months and do you wish to have your biometric data taken in during a visit from the Flying Kit in Toronto on 7 and 8 November 2018? This link will explain you how to proceed.

Hebt u in de volgende maanden een nieuw paspoort nodig en wenst u uw biometrische gegevens te laten opnemen tijdens het bezoek van de Flying Kit  in Toronto op 7 en 8 november 2018? U vindt de procedure in deze link.

Vous avez besoin d’un nouveau passeport dans les mois à venir ? Il vous est possible de faire enregistrer vos données biométriques lors de la visite du « flying kit » à Toronto les 7 et 8 novembre 2018? Toutes les informations sont disponibles dans ce lien.

Francophonie en Fête

Francophonie en Fête unveils its program for our Annual Francophone Music Festival which runs Sept 20-29 2018.
The 13th edition of the Francophonie en Fête Festival is a week-long celebration including two full weekends of the francophone diversity that Toronto enjoys, brought together on stages across Toronto in a series of free and paid concerts. Through the Festival period an in-school educational program will be delivered to French-language schools across Toronto.

Check the website for the performance schedule and details:

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David Goffin in Toronto

David Goffin will be playing in the Rogers Cup alongside the best tennis players in the world.

Great news – David is scheduled to play Canadian, Milos Raonic on Centre Court on Monday night!

This will be a packed house so David will need all the support he can get!
Tennis Canada would like to extend an invitation to the Belgian community in Toronto and area to allow an opportunity to see him play live and fill the stadium for his match via a discounted ticket program.
Click here to get discounted tickets.
PS – Make sure to tell your group to bring their Belgian flags and wave them proudly!!

BRUSSELS FOOD FAIR Salon de l’Alimentation

BRUSSELS FOOD FAIR
Salon de l’Alimentation
The biggest covered market in Belgium

13 – 21 October 2018 ~ https://www.salonalimentation.be

Meet more than 115,000 buyers !

 The 89th edition of the « Salon de l’Alimentation » is a big covered
market with restaurants, where small craftsmen’s work meets
products entertainment !
 Salon de l’Alimentation is a large exhibition representing multiple
sectors:
 Gastronomy (restaurants, bars, food trucks, traditional booths,…)
 Fashion, jewelry, beauty products,…
 Home decoration and living
 Craftsmen’s from all over the world (Senegal, Japan, Morocco, Vietnam,…)
 Demonstration (championship of apprentice bakers, cooking shows,…)
 9 days including 2 weekends – no conflict with the school holidays
 National Fair with a strong media plan: radio, daily press, free
press,…

Salon de l’Alimentation > facts :

 This popular national event held in Brussels welcomed:

 115,000 visitors in 9 days (2017)
 280 Belgian and foreign exhibitors

 35,000 sqm of exhibition space – 4 halls
 Average purchase of 80€/visitor
 Target group: (shoppers who want to discover and test new artisanal products)

 Couples and groups of 50+ weekdays
 Families on the weekends
 58% Women

 

Belgium vs France

“Two of the world’s premier teams face off on Tuesday in the 2018 World Cup semifinals as Belgium and France meet at 2 p.m. ET. It’s just the third time these two squads have met in a World Cup. France won a 1986 meeting on penalty kicks and cruised 3-1 way back in 1938. Belgium won a 4-3 friendly in 2015, the last time these nations met on the pitch. The winner heads to the 2018 World Cup final on July 15. France is the 2018 World Cup favorite to win it all at 2-1 odds, while Belgium is the second-biggest favorite at 5-2.”

But we know who’s going to win, right?

Join us on Tuesday July 10th at 2 pm at Le Petit Dejeuner (191 King Street East, Toronto, ON)

Go Red Devils Go!!!!

Business with Belgium ~ It’s all about CETA

The Belgian Canadian Business Chamber together with the Canadian International Council (CIC) and the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) brought together numerous experts to for a session on “It’s all about CETA” on May 18th, 2018

Pasquale Madonna, senior consultant, Trade & Customs practice KPMG led off with an update on increased second -generation, public-sector contract deals under CETA. In the past, sales of goods, projects and services to all three levels of government were subject to local content rules that discouraged or excluded foreign bidders. CETA has eliminated most of those barriers.  Smaller contracts are still set aside for local suppliers.

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Belgian Treasurers Entrepreneurs

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The Belgians In Canada series allows BCBC (Belgian Canadian Business Chamber) members to share the key elements of their success.
In addition to the immediate benefits of the presentation, the goal is to foster an exchange of ideas and mutually-beneficial assistance between Belgian organizations.

Presenting: “Belgian Treasurers Entrepreneurs” Date: TBA

Belgians In Canada’s speakers will share their business stories, challenges and adventures. They will also provide advice and tips to those interested in being entrepreneurs, especially in the business of Belgian products! Continue reading

Royal Afternoon Tea

The Belgian, British and Dutch chambers kindly invite you to our first Royal Afternoon Tea at the Windsor Arms. Did you know that multiple European royals have their birthdays in the month of April?

In order to celebrate those birthdays the Belgian, British and Dutch chamber come together for an elegant afternoon of indulgence of tea. There will be a variety of teas, both savoury and sweet bites as well as a glass of sparkling wine. Click here for our Afternoon tea menu

So let’s celebrate the birthdays of King Philippe (Filip), Queen Elizabeth, and King Willem Alexander at the Windsor Arms Hotel.

Registration for this event is $60. Everyone is welcome to register ~ click here.

Date / time: April 27th, 2018, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Windsor Arms Hotel, 18 St. Thomas Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3E7