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Privacy Act reform

The Privacy Act is the law that governs the personal information handling practices of federal government institutions.

The Act was introduced in 1983 and has not had any substantive updates since that time.

Over the years, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has urged the Government to update the Privacy Act to ensure that the law adequately protects Canadians’ rights in an increasingly complex environment.

On this page you will find documents the Office has prepared in relation to Privacy Act reform.

Commissioner's Findings: Privacy Act

Statistics Canada: Invasive data initiatives should be redesigned with privacy in mind

Commissioner's Findings 2018-2019 under the Privacy Act

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National Digital and Data Consultations

Submission to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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Address by: Daniel Therrien
Event: IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2018
Advice to Parliament

Revitalizing access to information

Submission of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

Advice to Parliament

Study of the Access to Information Act

Letter to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

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