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2016 Annual Report – Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner calls for legislation to manage the privacy risks of big data in the public sector

TORONTO, ON (June 19, 2017) –  In his 2016 Annual Report, Facing Challenges Together, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Brian Beamish, is calling for a number of legislative changes to enhance both access to information and protection of privacy in Ontario. One proposal is for ...

Health Record Snooping Case Prosecuted in Goderich

TORONTO, ON, (March 16, 2017) – A Masters of Social Work student who was on an educational placement with a family health team in Central Huron, has been ordered to pay a $20,000 fine and a $5,000 victim surcharge for accessing personal health information without authorization. This is the high...

Don’t repeat past mistakes, Privacy Commissioner warns as government reviews national security framework

Commissioner Therrien and his provincial and territorial counterparts are stressing the need to address privacy risks related to information sharing and collection of metadata; raising concerns about government proposals on police access to basic subscriber data and encrypted communications OTTAW...

Commissioner Statement on Casino Rama Resort Cyberattack

Cyberattacks have become an increasingly common threat to information security and privacy. Often these attacks are accompanied by a threat to make the stolen information public. This week, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) reported to the IPC that Casino Rama Resort has been subje...

Information and Privacy Commissioner Finds No Wrongdoing in TO2015 Recordkeeping

TORONTO, ON (Sept. 29, 2016) – Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) Brian Beamish today released the findings of his investigation into the records management practices of the Toronto Organizing Committee for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games (TO2015). Commissi...

Information and Privacy Commissioner Withdraws Legal Action Against Toronto Police

 New Police Procedure Prevents Attempted Suicide-Related Information From Being Shared with US Border Officials, Satisfying Commissioner’s Concerns TORONTO, ON (July 12, 2016) – The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC), the Toronto Police Service (TPS) and the Toronto Police Services B...

Information and Privacy Commissioner Calls for Modernization of Access and Privacy Legislation

TORONTO, ON (June 28, 2016) – In his 2015 Annual Report, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish is calling on the government to update the province’s access and privacy laws to ensure Ontarians’ rights are better protected. A comprehensive, public review of the acts ...

Information and Privacy Commissioner Cautions Against Using Personal Email and Instant Messaging When Doing Public Business

TORONTO, ON (June 7, 2016) – Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Brian Beamish, is calling on the leaders of all public institutions to educate staff and enact policies to strictly control the use of personal email and messaging tools, such as BlackBerry Messenger, to conduct ...

Information Commissioners call on governments to create a duty to document

January 25, 2016 – Canada’s Information Commissioners have called on their respective governments to create a legislated duty requiring public entities to document matters related to their deliberations, actions and decisions. In the resolution below, information commissioners express concer...

Access and privacy regulators call on governments to respect rights in information sharing initiatives

Canada’s Information and Privacy Commissioners and Ombudspersons have called on all levels of government to protect and promote privacy and access to information rights when embarking on information sharing initiatives aimed at improving government services. In the resolution below, privacy and...

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