Privacy expert Ann Cavoukian: federal 'digital charter' is pre-election posturing

One of Canada's leading privacy experts says she's in favour of the federal government's recently announced ``digital charter'' but thinks it should have been brought out long ago.

Former Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian told a technology conference that the digital charter has no teeth because it can't be made into law before the October election.

Cavoukian was commenting at the annual Canadian Telecom Summit in Mississauga, Ont.

She's upset that the Trudeau government has announced the digital charter so close to the election.

Cavoukian says that if the government was serious about protecting the privacy and digital rights of Canadians the initiative would have been taken last year or the year before.

The minister responsible for the digital charter as well as telecommunications, Navdeep Bains, is scheduled to speak to the same conference on Wednesday.