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Celebrating Data Privacy Week 2024 – launch of a new OPC strategic plan

January 23, 2024

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Privacy Commissioner of Canada Philippe Dufresne is marking Data Privacy Week (January 22 to 26) with the launch of a Strategic Plan that outlines the three key strategic priorities that will guide the work of his Office for the next three years.

Under the plan, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) will seek to: maximize the impact of the work that it does to promote and protect the fundamental right to privacy; address and advocate for privacy in this time of technological change; and champion the privacy rights of children.

The strategic priorities, which crystallized over the course of the first year of Commissioner Dufresne’s seven-year mandate, are informed by engagements with a wide range of stakeholders, including privacy leaders in the federal public service.

Engaging with stakeholders and forming strategic partnerships, for example, with the Government of Canada privacy community, will be a key element to achieving the goals set out in the Strategic Plan.

The OPC is seeking feedback from stakeholders to help inform how the plan is implemented over the next few years to advance the identified strategic priorities. We invite your comments via email or a feedback form on the OPC website until March 31, 2024.

Data Privacy Week events

This year’s Data Privacy Week theme is “Take control of your data.”

Join us in spreading the word about Data Privacy Week in the public service by using our new videoconferencing background for your virtual meetings.

During the week, feel free to share social media posts from our accounts on X (@PrivacyPrivee) and LinkedIn (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada/Commissariat à la protection de la vie privée). We also invite you to use the #DPW2024 hashtag in your own social media posts.

All federal public servants are invited to learn about preventing, mitigating and managing breaches in a virtual session offered by Treasury Board Secretariat’s Privacy and Responsible Data Division and the OPC. You’ll gain practical tools to use in both the workplace and your personal life. The event takes place on January 30 through the Canada School of Public Service. Not registered yet? You still have time. Go to: Data Privacy Day 2024: A Guide to Managing Privacy Breaches (COR5-E03)

Commissioner Dufresne will deliver a keynote presentation to the Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) community meeting on January 25. He will discuss the new Strategic Plan and the OPC’s work to most effectively deliver on its mandate to protect and promote privacy rights – and how those efforts relate to the federal ATIP community. Members of the ATIP Community can register by contacting TBS at

Our Government Advisory team looks forward to participating in a panel discussion organized by Employment and Social Development Canada’s Privacy Management Division entitled “Privacy, the New Frontier”, and also giving a presentation to the National Research Council.

New Personal Information and Privacy Glossary

Anonymization, de-identification, pseudonymization… What’s the difference? What exactly is a “privacy breach?” And what is the English equivalent of the term “vie privée?” You will find the answers to those questions and many more in the Personal Information and Privacy Glossary.

This glossary is the result of a collaboration between the OPC and Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Translation Bureau, and Access to Information and Privacy Directorate. It was created with the goal of disseminating and standardizing the terminology used in the field of privacy protection in Canada. The glossary contains the English and French terms for over 300 concepts and is a useful tool for anyone who deals with or is interested in personal information and privacy.

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