As well, the additional sharing of personal
information enabled by the legislation is not
accompanied by a corresponding increase in
oversight. Indeed, of the 17 departments and
agencies authorized to receive information
for national security purposes under the
legislation, only three have dedicated
independent review or oversight bodies.
In the short and medium terms, we will
examine and report on how national security
legislation such as Bill C-51 is implemented.
We intend to use our review and investigative
powers to examine the collection, use and
sharing practices of departments and agencies
involved in surveillance activities to ensure
that they comply with the
will report our findings to parliamentarians
and the public, and issue recommendations
for potential improvements to policies or
legislation, as warranted.
While much of this report is necessarily about
reviewing our activities in the past fiscal year,
we must also focus on the future.
We have adopted strategic approaches to
ensure that we address our privacy priorities
with concrete steps. To that end, we will be
promoting innovative and technological ways
of protecting privacy; promoting strengthened
accountability and privacy governance;
collaborating with our privacy oversight
partners where we can; looking at new ways
to reach and educate individuals about privacy
protection; and taking a specific focus on
helping groups that are particularly at risk from
privacy threats (including youth and seniors).
In pursuing these priorities toward the central
goal of giving Canadians more control over
their personal information along with all the
tasks carried out by this Office, I am privileged
to do so working with and enjoying the
support and counsel of a team of talented and
knowledgeable individuals unified in their
commitment to assuring the protection of
Canadians’ right to privacy.