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.
Letter to INDU and ETHI MPs regarding privacy and the federal government’s COVID Alert and ArriveCAN applications
Letter to shadow ministers regarding privacy and the federal government’s COVID Alert and ArriveCAN applications
Commissioner's Findings 2018-2019 under the Privacy Act
Submission to Federal Trade Commission
Submission to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Address by: Daniel Therrien
Event: IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2018
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