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October 3, 2013

Statement regarding the recent death of the first Privacy Commissioner, Inger Hansen

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our very first privacy commissioner, retired Judge Inger Hansen.

Ms Hansen was appointed to the Human Rights Commission as the first Privacy Commissioner in 1977. She spoke regularly on the subject of human rights, the ombudsman’s role, privacy, access to information and women’s rights at national and international events and quickly gained an international reputation for her expertise in the area of privacy and data protection rights.

In 1973, Inger Hansen was also appointed the first ombudsman at Kingston Penitentiary, and in 1983, she became Canada’s first Information Commissioner. 

In heading three new ombudsman offices that dealt with both privacy and access to information rights, Inger Hansen was a pioneer in our field.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner offers its condolences to all those who have been touched by her passing.

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