A welcome, and a caution

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Welcome to the official blog for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. With this tool, we hope to make the activities of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner more accessible to Canadians and to increase contact between the Office and Canadians interested about privacy issues and legislation.

As an Officer of Parliament, the Privacy Commissioner has a mandate to protect the privacy rights of individuals and promote the privacy protections available to Canadians.

While we are optimistic about the usefulness of this blog as a channel for communication on privacy issues, we ask for your patience and understanding as we find our footing online.

For instance, we know that there will be limitations to what we can accomplish with this blog. We will not be able to discuss complaints or investigations launched under either of our two Acts. If you wish to send us a complaint, we will continue to ask that you submit your complaint by mail.

While this blog has been created to help build links and stimulate discussion on privacy issues of interest to Canadians and other privacy stakeholders, it is not to be considered a source of authority on the interpretation of the Privacy Act or the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

We also have to be clear that a hyperlink to a news article, an academic study or a blog post does not indicate endorsement of that opinion, statement or fact by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner or the Privacy Commissioner herself.

Other than that, we’re awfully hopeful about our new blog.

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