hen I was appointed in early June of 2014—a few weeks into the 2014-
2015 fiscal year covered by this report—I said that my overarching goal
as Privacy Commissioner would be increasing the control Canadians
have over their personal information.
As technology continues to evolve, it enables
the collection and analysis of our personal
information in ways and at a scale we could
barely have imagined even a few years ago.
These advances in data analytics may be
used by federal institutions to improve their
performance and delivery of services to
Canadians and protect public safety.
At the same time, however, institutions
need to develop and implement sufficient
procedures to ensure this data is
appropriately collected, used and protected
respected. This need
along with important questions about
oversight and transparency have been
highlighted evermore strongly given new
laws proclaimed in the last year, giving
federal institutions an unprecedented ability
to disclose Canadians’ personal information
without individual knowledge and consent.
In chapter three, this report looks back at
three surveillance-related bills on which we
commented before Parliament and some of
our plans going forward to protect privacy
upon their implementation.
This report, which also focuses on data
breaches reported to our Office, and results
of investigations and an audit we conducted,
highlights the importance of developing
and implementing rigorous procedures
and safeguards to protect Canadians’