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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...

Yes, You Can Share Information to Protect a Child

TORONTO, ON (January 20, 2016) – Common misunderstandings about privacy are frequently cited as reasons for not sharing information with a children’s aid society (CAS) about a child who may be at risk. In fact, Ontario law permits professionals working with children to share this information....

Commissioner Calls for Greater Transparency In Government Procurement Records

TORONTO, September 25, 2015 – Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Brian Beamish, is calling on all levels of the public sector to proactively publish contracting information so that the public may scrutinize the spending of government funds. By openly disclosing information about ...

Commissioner Charts a Course for the Future of Access and Privacy in Ontario

Toronto, May 26, 2015 – Ontarians expect their governments and broader public sector organizations to embrace new technologies for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services.  These technologies can be implemented in a way that will increase transparency, protect personal in...

Statement on the Sale of Hydro One

Ontario’s Independent Officers of the Legislative Assembly are calling on the provincial government to reverse plans in the Budget Bill that they believe will significantly reduce important oversight powers.

Information and Privacy Commissioners’ Letter to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security

The IPC along with its provincial and territorial colleagues across Canada today issued a letter to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security addressing their deep concerns about Bill C-51. The letter outlines how the proposed legislation would challenge Canadians’ fundament...

Law enforcement agencies urged to consider privacy and personal information protection before adopting body-worn cameras

Federal, provincial and territorial privacy and personal information protection Ombudspersons and Commissioners issue guidance on law enforcement and the use of body-worn cameras Canada’s privacy and personal information protection guardians are urging law enforcement agencies across the countr...

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