Canada launches public consultation on the Privacy Act

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OTTAWA (CANADA), NOVEMBER 17: Canadians’ expectations of privacy have changed and evolved since the federal Privacy Act became law more than three decades ago. The Government of Canada is committed to reviewing our federal privacy legislation to ensure it keeps pace with both technological change and evolving Canadian values.

David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, along with Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board of Canada, on Monday announced the launch of online public consultation on the review of the Privacy Act led by Justice Canada to ask Canadians to share their views on modernizing the Act. The Act regulates federal public sector institutions’ collection, use, disclosure, retention, and disposal of personal information.

“Every Canadian is affected by the Privacy Act and how personal information is handled by the federal government. Canadians expect privacy laws to keep pace with technological and social change. Reviewing the Act will help guide us as we move forward to better serve Canadians,” Minister of Justice and Attorney General, David Lametti said.

Obtaining the views of Canadians is imperative to making sure that our federal privacy framework reflects the needs and expectations of modern society. Members of the public, including Indigenous people and interested stakeholders are invited to share their views by participating in the online public consultation until January 17, 2021.

“Privacy is one of the single biggest issues of our time and our government is working hard to protect the privacy of Canadians in this digital age. Reviewing the Privacy Act is an important part of that work. We are and always will be committed to safeguarding the privacy and security of Canadians’ personal information,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board of Canada.

Canadians are invited to share their views on key issues, such as the rules on when federal institutions can collect personal information, how they can use the information entrusted to them, when they can share it with other federal institutions, and the right of individuals to access personal information held by federal institutions. Participants are also being asked to consider oversight and enforcement models under the Act.

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