“This year marks the 250th anniversary of the world’s first access to information legislation and so this Right to Know Week presents a chance to reflect on how far we have come in Ontario and more importantly, the path we would like to take. Ontario’s access to information and privacy laws are now 30 years old and have therefore not been appropriately updated to align with changes in technology and the public’s expectations regarding access to government-held information. Creating a more open and accountable government is vital, so I am renewing my call to the Ontario government to conduct a comprehensive, public review of our access and privacy laws. Let’s work together to increase the transparency and accountability of government institutions, and modernize our access and privacy rights.”
The Commissioner will be making a Right to Know Week presentation in London, Ontario tomorrow.