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Privacy Commissioner’s Office Concludes Investigation into Leaked Police Records

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has completed its investigation into the unauthorized disclosure of confidential police documents. As part of its investigation, the IPC found that Peel Regional Police arrest documents were accessed via a shared database and...

2017 Annual Report – Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Calls for Privacy Regulation and Oversight of Province’s Political Parties

Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Calls for Privacy Regulation and Oversight of Province’s Political Parties TORONTO, ON (June 14, 2018) – In his 2017 Annual Report, Thirty Years of Access and Privacy Service, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Brian Beamish, is ...

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario to investigate unauthorized use and disclosure of personal information by police

TORONTO, ON (May 9, 2018) – This week, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) became aware of two separate incidents involving potential privacy breaches by police services in Peel and Toronto. The first involved the alleged unauthorized disclosure of police doc...

Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner Leads Call for a Privacy-Protective Approach to Smart City Projects

Privacy and information authorities from across Canada are urging the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities to ensure privacy and security are at the forefront of the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge. Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Brian Beamish, released th...

Statement from Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner on Data Privacy Day

Renews Call for Modernized Privacy Laws   Toronto, ON (January 25, 2018) – Brian Beamish, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, released the following statement to mark Data Privacy Day on January 28: “Recognized around the globe, Data Privacy Day raises awareness of privacy ...

Information and Privacy Commissioner Cautions Ontario Educators on Use of Online Teaching Tools; New report includes best practices for protecting student privacy

TORONTO, ON, (October 24, 2017) – Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) today released a review of online educational services used by educators and students in Ontario classrooms. The review includes best practices for protecting student privacy and ensuring compliance with On...

Information and Privacy Commissioners across Canada call on governments to safeguard independent review of solicitor-client privilege claims

Iqaluit, Nunavut, October 18, 2017 – In a joint resolution, Canada’s Information and Privacy Commissioners (IPCs) have called on governments to ensure that access to information and privacy legislation in every jurisdiction empowers IPCs to compel the production of records over which solicito...

Protecting Patient Privacy – Information and Privacy Commissioner releases new guidance on mandatory reporting of health information breaches

TORONTO, ON (September 28, 2017) – Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) has released a guidance document called “Reporting a Privacy Breach to the Commissioner: Guidelines for the Health Sector” to support recent amendments to the Personal Health Informa...

IPC Wins Global Privacy Award for Excellence in Research

TORONTO, ON (September 27, 2017) – The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) of Ontario’s De-identification Guidelines for Structured Data has won the inaugural International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners’ (ICDPPC) award for excellence in research. The awards ...

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

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 information and protection of privacy in Ontario. One proposal is for ...

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