Commissioner Cavoukian Expects the Toronto Police Service to Follow the Law


TORONTO, ON (June 5, 2014) – Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, has filed a Notice of Application for Judicial Review with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice requesting an order that the Toronto Police Service (TPS) stop the practice of indiscriminately disclosing attempted suicide information via the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database. 

Since the release of her report, “Crossing the Line: The Indiscriminate Disclosure of Attempted Suicide Information to U.S. Border Officials via CPIC,”the majority of the police services the Commissioner consulted with have already adopted her recommendation to immediately cease the routine disclosure of suicide-related information. The TPS has disregarded this recommendation and stated that it is its policy to disclose all confirmed cases of threatened or attempted suicides via CPIC, without exception.  In her report, the Commissioner found that this indiscriminate disclosure was not in compliance with section 32 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), and its provincial equivalent.

Published Date  Jun 05, 2014

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