RIGHT TO KNOW WEEK 2016: MOVING TOWARDS A MORE OPEN GOVERNMENT
“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.”
Guidance on Open Government
We have published three important guidance papers on Open Government:
August 10, 2016
August 23, 2016
September 14, 2016
September 15, 2016
September 16, 2016
POLICE USE OF ALPR
Automated Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) systems used by police services in Ontario have the potential to be used to track individuals’ locations over time, making it easier for police to conduct surveillance and profiling. As a result, the use of ALPR systems raises significant privacy concerns. Among those concerns are potential failures to comply with Ontario’s privacy legislation, and intrusions on other fundamental rights and liberties. Proper policies, procedures and technical controls are critical to protecting privacy, particularly when considering that most drivers are law-abiding individuals simply going about their everyday activities.
We have published Guidance on the Use of Automated Licence Plate Recognition Systems by Police Services which outlines the key obligations of police services under privacy legislation in their use of ALPR systems and provides guidance, including best practices, on using these systems in a privacy-protective manner. Based on our successful collaborations with the Ontario Provincial Police and the Toronto Police Service, it addresses the use of ALPR systems for public safety purposes, in particular for the purpose of alerting an officer in an ALPR-equipped vehicle to the presence of a particular licence plate.
October 25, 2016
October 27, 2016
October 28-29, 2016
NEW SERIES OF FACT SHEETS
In order to keep the public and professionals up to date with the IPC’s interpretations of access and privacy legislation, we have begun publishing a number of fact sheets. Highlights include:
And coming soon, two more fact sheets: Your Business is affected by a Freedom of Information Request and Privacy Fact Sheet: What is Personal Information?
August 10, 2016
August 11, 2016
If you have any questions call us at 416.326.3333 / 1.800.387.0073, email us, or write to us: Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, 2 Bloor St. East, Suite 1400, Toronto, ON, M4W 1A8.
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