Data protection while working from home

Many government and public sector organizations had to close their physical offices with little advance notice because of the public health crisis brought on by COVID-19. Staff, contractors, and volunteers are working from home, many in makeshift conditions that were never planned for or anticipated. This creates the potential for new risks to privacy, security, and access to information.

Although this is a challenging situation, Ontario’s access and privacy laws continue to apply. Public institutions must take timely and effective steps to mitigate the privacy and security risks associated with this new reality, while meeting legal requirements. See our guidance on Working from Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic.



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