On March 24, 2021, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) published its submission in response to the Department of Justice’s public consultation on modernizing the Privacy Act, Canada’s public sector privacy law, which has not been substantially amended in nearly 40 years.
In its submission, the OPC commented on the proposals put forth in the federal government’s discussion paper on the Privacy Act reform that was published in November 2020. The OPC’s submission outlines key recommendations for consideration, including:
The OPC’s comments on the Privacy Act reform follow its prior submission relating to the federal government’s upcoming review of the Access to Information Act (previously reported in the E-TIPS® Newsletter here). As both statutes share similar provisions and relevant concepts, the OPC emphasized that changes to both these laws should be considered together.
Summary By: Anna Troshchynsky
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