Regulatory Compliance in the Digital Age: Unveiling Quebec Bill 64 and How FileFlex Enterprise Can Help

Regulatory compliance is a key concern for organizations in the digital age, as privacy regulations like Quebec Bill 64 emerge to protect personal data and grant individuals more control. FileFlex Enterprise is a software-only solution that helps organizations comply with privacy regulations by enabling secure data access and sharing, data classification, encryption, activity logging, and integration with existing tools.

Regulatory Compliance in the Digital Age: Unveiling Quebec Bill 64 and How FileFlex Enterprise Can Help

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regulatory complianceAs the digital landscape continues to evolve, safeguarding personal information and regulatory compliance has become a paramount concern for both individuals and organizations. In response to the growing need for robust privacy protection, local privacy regulations, like Quebec Bill 64, have emerged to modernize legislative provisions concerning the handling of personal data.

Quebec Bill 64, along with other privacy regulations, seeks to empower individuals with greater control over their personal information while holding organizations accountable for their data practices. The bill recognizes privacy as a fundamental human right and aligns local laws with international standards, such as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Key objectives include enhancing consent requirements, establishing new rights for individuals, and imposing fines on non-compliant organizations.

In this context, FileFlex Enterprise, a cutting-edge software-only solution, presents a unique opportunity for organizations to bolster their compliance efforts. With a focus on secure data access and sharing, FileFlex Enterprise offers features like data classification, encryption, activity logging, and integration with existing tools, enabling organizations to adhere to privacy regulations effectively. Let’s explore how FileFlex Enterprise aids compliance with Quebec Bill 64 and other privacy regulations, safeguarding personal data in the digital age.

Regulatory Compliance to Privacy Legislation and in Particular Quebec Bill 64?

Local privacy regulations are written to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information.

Some of the main objectives of privacy regulations and Quebec Bill 64 in particular are:

Modernize the Protection of Personal Information:

Privacy regulations aim to provide individuals with greater control over their personal information by imposing strict rules on how organizations collect, use, and disclose personal data.

  • They recognize privacy as a human right and align local privacy laws with international standards, such as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • They enhance consent requirements for the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information, especially for sensitive information.
  • They create new rights for individuals, such as the right to data portability, the right to be forgotten, and the right to object to automated processing.

Increase Organizational Accountability:

Organizations handling personal information are required to be more accountable for the data they collect and process. They must implement measures to safeguard personal data and report any data breaches promptly.

  • Privacy regulations impose new obligations on organizations, such as conducting privacy impact assessments, implementing privacy by design principles, reporting data breaches, and appointing a person in charge of personal information protection.

Fines and Penalties:

To ensure regulatory compliance, privacy regulations impose significant fines and penalties on organizations that violate privacy regulations.

  • It increases enforcement powers of local authorities such as the Commission d’accès à l’information (CAI), Quebec’s privacy regulator, such as issuing orders, imposing administrative monetary penalties, and initiating penal proceedings.
  • They introduce significant penalties for noncompliance with privacy legislation. In the case of Quebec Bill 64 penalties range from $15,000 to $25,000,000 or 4% of worldwide turnover for private sector entities, and from $5,000 to $100,000 for physical persons.

How FileFlex Enterprise Aids Regulatory Compliance with Privacy Regulations and Quebec Bill 64

FileFlex Enterprise is a software-only solution that enables users to access and share data securely and remotely across a hybrid IT infrastructure, without using a VPN or moving data to the cloud. It is based on a zero trust data architecture that enhances security, privacy and compliance for data access and sharing. FileFlex Enterprise can help organizations with regulatory compliance with privacy legislation such as Quebec Bill 64 by offering the following features:

Data Classification and Sensitivity Labels:

  • FileFlex Enterprise can help organizations identify and categorize sensitive data based on the level of sensitivity and privacy requirements. This allows organizations to apply appropriate security controls and access restrictions to protect data such as Quebec Bill 64’s data protection mandates. For example, FileFlex Enterprise can:
  • Flag or prevent users from sharing restricted or confidential information.
  • Allow users to easily identify personal information they access and share across their hybrid IT infrastructure, and apply different levels of protection and permissions based on the data sensitivity.
  • Support organizations to conduct privacy impact assessments when transferring data outside their local jurisdiction such as Quebec or sharing data with third parties, and ensure that the data will receive equivalent protection in the other jurisdiction.

Secure Remote Access and Sharing:

  • FileFlex Enterprise provides secure remote access and sharing of files stored in various locations, including on-premises servers and cloud storage platforms. With proper data classification, organizations can control access to sensitive information, ensuring that only authorized individuals can access and share such data. This aligns with the privacy rights and consent principles emphasized in Quebec Bill 64.

Encryption and Data Protection:

  • FileFlex Enterprise uses encryption to secure data during transfer. This encryption feature helps protect the transfer of personal information and sensitive data, to help meet the security requirements outlined in privacy regulations.

Auditing and Regulatory Compliance Reporting:

  • FileFlex Enterprise includes activity tracking which when used in conjunction with SIEM software can be used to flag, monitor and/or prevent the sharing and access of confidential information. This feature can assist in meeting the accountability and reporting requirements of Quebec Bill 64, as organizations can generate compliance reports to demonstrate adherence to the legislation.

Data Residency and Localization:

  • Many privacy regulations require data residency. Although Quebec Bill 64 does not have any explicit data residency requirements, meaning that it does not mandate that personal information must be stored or processed within Quebec or Canada, it does impose strict conditions and obligations for transferring or communicating personal information outside Quebec. FileFlex Enterprise allows organizations to keep data within specific jurisdictions, aiding compliance with regional data storage regulations.

Integration with Existing Tools:

  • The solution seamlessly integrates with Single Sign-On (SSO), multi-factor authentication, Active Directory, LDAP, and SIEM software to aid regulatory compliance with security and privacy legislation.

It’s important to note that while FileFlex Enterprise’s capabilities can support regulatory compliance efforts, achieving full adherence to Quebec Bill 64 involves more than just utilizing a specific software solution. Organizations must adopt a holistic approach to privacy compliance, encompassing policies, procedures, employee training, and regular assessments of data handling practices.


Quebec Bill 64 and other privacy regulations aim to modernize data protection provisions, granting individuals greater control over their personal information and holding organizations accountable for data handling practices. FileFlex Enterprise, a cutting-edge software-only solution, offers data classification, encryption, and secure remote access and sharing features that assist organizations in regulatory compliance with privacy legislations, and safeguarding personal data in the digital age.

For more reading, see Critical Infrastructure Regulatory Compliance via Zero Trust Architectures, and Protecting Personal Health Information (PHI): Ensuring Secure File Access and Sharing with Zero Trust Data Access (ZTDA).


Tom Ward is the VP of Marketing for Qnext Corp. He is an expert in the technology industry with a history of achievement. Tom holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.