October 11, 2013

New report highlights achievements of the OPC’s strategic priorities initiative

Canada’s response to today’s privacy challenges will have implications for future generations, says Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddart in releasing a new report which tells the story of how four strategic privacy priorities have served to guide her Office’s work in a constantly changing privacy landscape.

Commissioner Stoddart, whose 10-year mandate comes to a close in early December, issued the report to highlight some of the accomplishments of her Office with respect to four issues selected as strategic priorities for the Office – public safety and privacy; information technology and privacy; identity integrity and protection; and genetic information and privacy.

Those priority issues were identified in 2007 in order to help the Office to meet the challenges of regulating privacy at a time when new risks are unfolding at breakneck speed.  They have allowed the Office to allocate resources in a way that maximizes beneficial impacts for Canadians – be it through raising public awareness, using compliance tools or expanding knowledge and internal capacity through proactive research.

The report issued today – Privacy Priorities – Reflections on the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Strategic Priority Issues– describes how the selected issues are profoundly important to the future of Canada; raising questions not only about privacy, but also moral and ethical issues.

In her introductory message in the report, Commissioner Stoddart writes:  “I offer these observations in the hope that they may offer some helpful insights for protecting privacy in the years to come.”  

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