December 8, 2014

Statement regarding the death of former Privacy Commissioner Bruce Phillips

We would like to offer condolences to the family and friends of former Privacy Commissioner of Canada Bruce Phillips, who passed away over the weekend.

Mr. Phillips was Commissioner from 1991 to 2000 – the beginning of the information technology era. A strong advocate for privacy rights, he addressed the challenges related to a wide range of issues, including the Internet, drug testing, HIV/AIDS, genetic testing and surveillance during his mandate.

As Commissioner, he also urged the federal government to adopt privacy legislation that would apply to the private sector. His efforts led to the adoption of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

Those who had the pleasure of working with him will remember his warmth, eloquence and thoughtful intelligence.

Mr. Phillips was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2010 in recognition of his distinguished contributions to journalism and the public service.

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