Big data analytics refers to the process of analyzing data collections. This detailed analysis can reveal patterns, trends and insights. This information can help government policy makers develop more effective and efficient programs.
Big data offers great promise and opportunity in terms of the development of more efficient and effective government programs. But it can also present serious privacy challenges. These challenges can include:
unwarranted surveillance activities
inaccurate results or predictions
the use of biased data
unauthorized secondary uses of personal information.
Under Ontario’s privacy laws, government institutions must have safeguards in place to ensure that your personal information is appropriately collected, used, retained and disclosed.
What rights do I have under Ontario’s privacy laws?
Privacy is a fundamental right of every Ontarian. All Ontario public institutions are required by law to protect your personal information, and to follow strict rules when collecting, using and disclosing your personal information.
If you have any questions about what personal information a government institution is collecting or how it is being used, consult the institution’s website or contact the institution for more information.