For years, Canadian government policy toward big tech companies was essentially a hands-off affair: getting in the way not only threatened to hurt the economy, but voters might rebel as well. But as foreign tech platforms such as Google and Facebook have grown, governments here and around the world have begun to seek out ways to rein in their outsized influence and power. Here, the Post’s Barbara Shecter breaks down the state of big tech regulation in Canada, from privacy to tax policy and everything in between.
What are the key issues?
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The key areas where Canada is moving to regulate foreign tech platforms fall into four main buckets: harmful content such as hate speech; consumer and data privacy; taxation; and broadcasting/telecom and content. It involves a number of government officials, departments, and agencies including the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Department of Finance. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and the Canada Revenue Agency are also involved.