Privacy Priorities - page 16

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Our efforts have shown that the relationship
between public safety agencies and the people
they protect is built on trust. People will
generally accept some level of inconvenience,
including some sacrifice to their privacy,
provided the state is acting with transparency,
accountability and integrity.
Essentially, this means treating the personal
information of Canadians with the utmost
care and respect they deserve.
Looking ahead
If buttressing privacy rights against the
imperatives of public safety is difficult today,
it would be illusionary to think things will be
simpler tomorrow.
Cybercrime and cyber-espionage are
posing challenging new threats to the
digital infrastructure that supports our
daily lives, including data breaches of
staggering proportions.
In countering such dangers, authorities are
using ever more surveillance, analytics and
other technologies to collect, store, mine and
share personal information, often beyond the
reach of oversight bodies.
We are hopeful, however, that a principled
framework, based on values Canadians
cherish in a free and democratic society, can
be usefully applied to help integrate privacy
protections with public safety and national
security objectives.
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