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2016 Annual Report – Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner calls for legislation to manage the privacy risks of big data in the public sector

Jun 19 2017

TORONTO, ON (June 19, 2017) –  In his 2016 Annual Report, Facing Challenges Together, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Brian Beamish, is calling for a number of legislative changes to enhance both access to informatio...

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Health Record Snooping Case Prosecuted in Goderich

TORONTO, ON, (March 16, 2017) – A Masters of Social Work student who was on an educational placement with a family health team in Central Huron, has been ordered to pay a $20,000 fine and a $5,000 victim surcharge for accessing persona...

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Don’t repeat past mistakes, Privacy Commissioner warns as government reviews national security framework

Commissioner Therrien and his provincial and territorial counterparts are stressing the need to address privacy risks related to information sharing and collection of metadata; raising concerns about government proposals on police access...

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Commissioner Statement on Casino Rama Resort Cyberattack

Cyberattacks have become an increasingly common threat to information security and privacy. Often these attacks are accompanied by a threat to make the stolen information public. This week, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG...

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Information and Privacy Commissioner Finds No Wrongdoing in TO2015 Recordkeeping

TORONTO, ON (Sept. 29, 2016) – Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) Brian Beamish today released the findings of his investigation into the records management practices of the Toronto Organizing Committee for the 201...

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Information and Privacy Commissioner Withdraws Legal Action Against Toronto Police

 New Police Procedure Prevents Attempted Suicide-Related Information From Being Shared with US Border Officials, Satisfying Commissioner’s Concerns TORONTO, ON (July 12, 2016) – The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC), the To...

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Information and Privacy Commissioner Calls for Modernization of Access and Privacy Legislation

TORONTO, ON (June 28, 2016) – In his 2015 Annual Report, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish is calling on the government to update the province’s access and privacy laws to ensure Ontarians’ rights are b...

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Information and Privacy Commissioner Cautions Against Using Personal Email and Instant Messaging When Doing Public Business

TORONTO, ON (June 7, 2016) – Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Brian Beamish, is calling on the leaders of all public institutions to educate staff and enact policies to strictly control the use of personal email an...

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Access and privacy regulators call on governments to respect rights in information sharing initiatives

Canada’s Information and Privacy Commissioners and Ombudspersons have called on all levels of government to protect and promote privacy and access to information rights when embarking on information sharing initiatives aimed at improvi...

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Information Commissioners call on governments to create a duty to document

January 25, 2016 – Canada’s Information Commissioners have called on their respective governments to create a legislated duty requiring public entities to document matters related to their deliberations, actions and decisions. In th...

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Yes, You Can Share Information to Protect a Child

TORONTO, ON (January 20, 2016) – Common misunderstandings about privacy are frequently cited as reasons for not sharing information with a children’s aid society (CAS) about a child who may be at risk. In fact, Ontario law permits pr...

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Commissioner Calls for Greater Transparency In Government Procurement Records

TORONTO, September 25, 2015 – Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Brian Beamish, is calling on all levels of the public sector to proactively publish contracting information so that the public may scrutinize the spending ...

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Commissioner Charts a Course for the Future of Access and Privacy in Ontario

Toronto, May 26, 2015 – Ontarians expect their governments and broader public sector organizations to embrace new technologies for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services.  These technologies can be implemented i...

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Statement on the Sale of Hydro One

Ontario’s Independent Officers of the Legislative Assembly are calling on the provincial government to reverse plans in the Budget Bill that they believe will significantly reduce important oversight powers.

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Information and Privacy Commissioners’ Letter to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security

The IPC along with its provincial and territorial colleagues across Canada today issued a letter to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security addressing their deep concerns about Bill C-51. The letter outlines how the...

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Law enforcement agencies urged to consider privacy and personal information protection before adopting body-worn cameras

Federal, provincial and territorial privacy and personal information protection Ombudspersons and Commissioners issue guidance on law enforcement and the use of body-worn cameras Canada’s privacy and personal information protection gua...

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Is it worth it? The consequences of snooping on health records

TORONTO, ON – While the vast majority of people working in Ontario’s health sector respect patient privacy, there is still a small minority that have not gotten the message. Recently, there have been a number of privacy breaches wher...

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Rouge Valley Health System Failed to Protect Patient Health Information

A review by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) of two significant privacy breaches involving the sale of new mothers’ personal health information for financial gain has determined that Rouge Valley Health System ...

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Canada’s access to information and privacy guardians urge governments to better protect and promote rights of Canadians in digital era

OTTAWA, November 14, 2014 – Information and Privacy Ombudspersons and Commissioners from across the country are urging federal, provincial and territorial governments to review and modernize their information management practices. In ...

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Statement of the Privacy and Information Commissioners of Canada on National Security and Law Enforcement Measures

Privacy and Information Commissioners of Canada attending their annual meeting noted with sadness last week’s events in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, and in Ottawa, Ontario. We join our voices to the thousands of Canadians in expre...

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