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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

and the

Privacy Act

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’

information.

Commissioner’s

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