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Get ready for Data Privacy Week, January 24 to 28

January 20, 2022

Privacy Act Bulletins are intended to offer lessons learned, best practices and other important privacy news, trends and information related to privacy protection in the federal public sector. We encourage you to share this information with colleagues.


This year the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) will mark Data Privacy Week with a program for public servants in the ATIP community. Previously known as Data Privacy Day, it marks the signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection 41 years ago.

The OPC has created a Teams background which we encourage you to use during the week of January 24 to 28 – to help promote privacy protection. You can find the backgrounds on the OPC’s Data Privacy Week page. We have also developed some social media graphics that your institution is free to use and share to celebrate Data Privacy Week.

David Weinkauf, Senior IT Research Analyst, and Maude Auger-Garneau, Manager in the OPC’s Government Advisory Directorate, will deliver a presentation on artificial intelligence (AI) to the ATIP community on Data Privacy Day, Jan. 28. You can find materials and registration information on the GCcollab ATIP Professionals website. The event is open to Government of Canada employees working in institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act.

Commissioner Daniel Therrien will be participating in a Public Service Information Community Connection (PSICC) event on February 1. He is scheduled to speak at noon. There is no cost for the event, which is open to the public. Please note this event will take place primarily in English.

The OPC will also launch a number of resources in time for Data Privacy Week to help teach children the value of protecting their privacy, and develop the skills to do so:

  • Social Smarts: Nothing personal! - A graphic novel aimed at kids aged 8-10, in which a talking smartphone serves as a girl’s guide through the sometimes tricky online world.
  • A blog suggesting parents have a “family tech talk,” pointing to tools and discussion points on our website.

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