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Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario reveals insights from examination of fax privacy breaches at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has concluded its review of the high number of privacy breaches at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton due to misdirected faxes. Misdirected faxes are the leading cause of unauthorized disclosure of personal health information...

IPC co-led resolution on facial recognition is adopted by Global Privacy Assembly

Artificial intelligence  and facial recognition technology were front and centre at the 44th Global Privacy Assembly (GPA). As part of the GPA’s International Enforcement Cooperation Working Group, the IPC co-led the development of a resolution on principles and expectations for the appropriat...

Privacy, transparency key to realizing the benefits of digital identity systems

Proposals for digital identity are emerging in Canada and around the world. The goal is to make it easier for individuals, businesses, and governments to confirm identity information and carry out transactions online. Privacy and transparency must be at the core of any digital ID system that peop...

Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner calls on public institutions to join the Transparency Challenge

TORONTO, ON (September 28, 2022) – Today, on International Right to Know Day, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) launched a Transparency Challenge, calling on public institutions to share their innovative projects or programs that improve government transparency for the b...

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario Joins National Call to Retire Fax Machines and Secure Communications in Health Care Delivery

TORONTO, ON, Sept. 21, 2022 – Protecting sensitive personal health information is critical to maintaining Canadians’ trust in the health system. Despite rapid digital advancements in the healthcare sector, using outdated and vulnerable technologies such as faxes and unencrypted email threaten...

IPC sponsors declaration at International Conference of Information Commissioners

Today, the IPC supported a declaration of the members of the International Conference of Information Commissioners at the 13th Annual Conference: “Access to information as a milestone of the digital age to guarantee human rights, the inclusion of groups in situations of vulnerability and t...

Information and Privacy Commissioner Re-Affirms Call for Ontario Private Sector Privacy Law

TORONTO, ON (June 14, 2022) – In the IPC’s 2021 annual report, released today, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Patricia Kosseim, renewed her call for a provincial private sector privacy law and updates to the province’s existing privacy and access regime. “Ontario’s ac...

Statement from the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario on Supreme Court mandate letters decision to hear appeal

Patricia Kosseim, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court of Canada granting the Ontario government leave to appeal the decision that the government must disclose its mandate letters: “The Supreme Court’s decision to hea...

Ontario’s privacy commissioner joins national call for legal limits on the use of facial recognition technology by police

Patricia Kosseim addresses House of Commons committee, emphasizing the need for safeguards, accountability, and transparency TORONTO, ON (May 2, 2022) — Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Patricia Kosseim, and Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial privacy commissioners ...

Media Advisory: Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner to appear before committee examining facial recognition technology

Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Patricia Kosseim, will appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) to participate in its study into the use and impact of facial recognition technology. Commissioner Kosseim will appear...

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