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April 11, 2018

Anne Bertrand appointed Privacy Commissioner, Ad Hoc

Anne Bertrand, Q.C. has been appointed Privacy Commissioner, Ad Hoc, for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC).

In this role, Mme Bertrand is mandated to independently investigate any complaints that may be lodged against the OPC under the Privacy Act.

The Privacy Act does not include an independent mechanism under which complaints under the Act against the OPC would be investigated. In light of this situation, the Office continues to maintain an independent mechanism for investigating its own actions with respect to the administration of the Act.

Anne Bertrand was New Brunswick’s Access to Information and Privacy Commissioner from 2010-2017. In 2016, she also assumed the responsibilities of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner for New Brunswick as an interim appointment for one year.

Previously, Mme Bertrand practiced law in Fredericton, predominantly in the areas of administrative law, criminal law, employment law and civil litigation for more than 24 years. She also sat as an adjudicator on various administrative tribunals.

Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, thanked the previous Privacy Commissioner, Ad Hoc, David Loukidelis, Q.C., for his exemplary service over the course of his term, which began in 2014.

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