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Submission on Bill 106: Obligations and authorities of Ontario Health Teams and access to records in electronic format
Apr 11 2022

Op-Ed: Bill 88 needs to go further to protect the privacy rights of workers
For many of us, the pandemic has changed how we work, blurring the line that used to exist between home and office.
Apr 08 2022

Commissioner’s Speech to the Standing Committee on Social Policy of the Legislative Assembly Re: Schedule 2 of Bill 88, Working for Workers Act, 202
Mar 29 2022

S2-Episode 3: Power to the people! Access, privacy, and civic engagement
This episode explores the role of civic engagement in fostering greater government transparency and clearer privacy policies that work for everyday people. Commissioner Kosseim speaks with community activist and bestselling author Dave Meslin about barriers that keep people from engaging in societal issues and ways of overcoming them to effect change.
Mar 23 2022

Comments on Bill 88, the Working for Workers Act, 2022
Mar 15 2022

Letter to Dr. Catherine Zahn and Ms. Hillary Hartley regarding Proof of Vaccination Certificates in Ontario
A letter from the IPC to the Government of Ontario describing the consultation process during the development of vaccine certificates and setting out the IPC’s recommendations to help ensure ongoing protection of the privacy rights of Ontarians.
Mar 10 2022

Join Our Team!
Jobs advertisements where bilingualism is considered an asset will be posted in both English and French on the website. Positions that are not bilingual are not translated and are posted in English only on our website.
Mar 10 2022

S2-Episode 2: Family ties: Using investigative genetic genealogy to solve crimes
Millions of people around the world are purchasing DNA testing kits and uploading their results to genealogy websites to trace their family trees. Police services are making use of this genetic information too, looking for matches with DNA samples left at crime scenes to solve cold cases. Commissioner Kosseim speaks with renowned DNA forensics expert Dr. Frederick Bieber about the use of these investigative techniques by police and the potential privacy risks for people who...
Feb 25 2022

Reaching out to Franco Ontarians: Commissioner Kosseim talks about Data Privacy Day on CHOQ FM
Listen to the interview here.
Feb 08 2022

It’s a Gold Star for Privacy Day: Empowering a New Generation of Digital Citizens
Data protection authorities around the world recognize Data Privacy Day every January 28 as a way of raising public awareness about the importance of privacy and data protection rights. In case you missed it, this past Friday the IPC continued its tradition of hosting an annual Privacy Day event, engaging with experts, stakeholders, and the public on important privacy issues of the day through constructive dialogue.
Feb 03 2022

IPC Privacy Day Webcast
Resources mentioned in the video
Jan 24 2022

S2-Episode 1: Real or fake? The buzz about synthetic data
New artificial intelligence technologies now make it possible to create fake versions of personal information that look and feel a lot like the real thing but are different enough to protect individual privacy. In this episode, Commissioner Kosseim speaks with Dr. Khaled El Emam about how synthetic datasets are made from real patient data and how they can be used to advance important health research while minimizing privacy risks.
Jan 20 2022

Auld Lang “Send”: let’s end email blunders and resolve to do better in 2022
How many of us have accidentally pressed “send” on an email to the wrong person?  It happened to me several years ago when my flight was cancelled and I sent a late-night email to my husband from the back of a very dark cab, letting him know I was on my way home from the airport. I signed, “Love you” at the end with x’s and o’s as I typically do, only to find out I had sent it to the wrong Ken! I was mortified of course, and the VP of a large company at the time...
Jan 18 2022

Ontario IPC concludes its review of Durham Region’s privacy breach
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has concluded its review of a privacy breach that occurred almost a year ago in Durham Region. The breach was traced to the region’s use of Accellion File Transfer Appliance (FTA) software, a product that has been linked to breaches in organizations around the world as part of a massive spree of cyberattacks.
Jan 18 2022

Goodbye 2021: Reflections on the year that was
Throughout the past year, we continued to be tested in our ability to develop and persevere in the face of change and uncertainty, inflicted by a brutal and unrelenting pandemic.
Dec 22 2021

Comments on the Toronto Police Services Board’s draft Use of New Artificial Intelligence Technologies Policy
Dec 21 2021

COVID-19 Information and Resources
The following information will help individuals and organizations manage privacy and access issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to add new and relevant information.
Dec 17 2021

From the bedside to the board: Building a culture of privacy and security in large healthcare institutions-
Hospitals across Ontario have been investing heavily in the development of electronic health records, patient portals, and digital health solutions. As information systems become more complex, so too must the means of securing them. In this episode, Commissioner Kosseim speaks with The Ottawa Hospital’s Chief Information Officer, Shafique Shamji, and Chief Privacy Officer, Nyranne Martin, about how they work together to integrate the hospital’s privacy and information...
Dec 12 2021

Submission of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario on the Proposed Amendment to O. Reg. 329/04 under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) on the right to access records in electronic format
Dec 03 2021

Digital health week: Celebrating health care on the digital frontier
The health care landscape shifted dramatically in March 2020 with the onset of the pandemic. A recent study estimates that outpatient virtual care visits in Ontario increased by nearly 70 per cent from pre-pandemic levels.
Dec 01 2021

S1-Episode 10: From the bedside to the board: Building a culture of privacy and security in large healthcare institutions.
Hospitals across Ontario have been investing heavily in the development of electronic health records, patient portals, and digital health solutions. As information systems become more complex, so too must the means of securing them. In this episode, Commissioner Kosseim speaks with The Ottawa Hospital’s Chief Information Officer, Shafique Shamji, and Chief Privacy Officer, Nyranne Martin, about how they work together to integrate the hospital’s privacy and information...
Nov 29 2021

More and more we’re living online, and cybercriminals know it!
While the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down almost every aspect of our society and has grounded to a near-halt many sectors of our economy, cybercriminals remained busier than ever and show no signs of abating.
Oct 08 2021

The Color Purple
October is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario, and on Tuesday, October 27, I will be wearing purple to show my support for Dress Purple Day. This day raises awareness of the vital role that individuals and communities play in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families.  Protecting the safety and well-being of vulnerable children and youth also includes protecting their privacy and empowering them with access to their own personal information.
Oct 29 2020

It’s About You: Your File and Your Rights Under Ontario’s Child and Family Services Law (printable brochure)
Print double-sided (flip on short edge) on legal size paper, fold on dotted lines
Oct 15 2020