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S4-Episode 2: At face value: Facial recognition technologies and privacy
From unlocking smartphones to solving crimes, facial recognition technologies are re-shaping identification as we know it. In this episode, we peer into the privacy and human rights implications of facial recognition systems with technology and human rights lawyer Cynthia Khoo.
Apr 04 2024

AI on campus: Balancing innovation and privacy in Ontario universities
As in every other aspect of our lives, artificial intelligence (AI) is finding its way onto university and college campuses across Ontario. Given the rapid advancements of AI, this shouldn’t surprise us. Still, it does, time and again. It’s a sad reflection of the opaque veneer often associated with these new technologies that we don’t see coming until they’re at work.
Mar 07 2024

S4-Episode 1: In their own words: Students from Westboro Academy speak out about privacy
Info Matters kicks off its fourth season with a unique twist, handing the microphone over to Grade 7 and 8 students from Westboro Academy in Ottawa. They share insights on what privacy means to them, how they navigate digital spaces, and what parents, educators, and regulators can do to support their digital literacy. And their school principal joins the conversation too!
Feb 22 2024

IPC comments on Schedule 4 of Bill 157, Enhancing Access to Justice Act
The IPC opposes the repeal of Section 262 of the Community Safety and Policing Act proposed as part of Bill 157, the Enhancing Access to Justice Act. The public consultation requirements in Section 262 are crucial to maintaining transparency and accountability around the regulation-making process for critical policing matters.
Feb 20 2024

Submission for Bill 149, the Working for Workers Four Act, 2023, which would amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA)
Commissioner’s speaking remarks. In this letter to Brian Riddell, Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Policy, the IPC makes recommendations in relation to proposed amendments to the Employment Standards Act that relate to the use of AI in the workplace. The letter also calls for the development of a comprehensive private sector privacy law for Ontario.
Feb 12 2024

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario launches Transparency Challenge 2.0 to spotlight government openness
TORONTO, ON, Feb. 12, 2024 – Today marks the launch of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario’s (IPC) second Transparency Challenge, a chance for Ontario’s public institutions to share their innovative approaches to open data and government transparency.
Feb 12 2024

The IPC Transparency Challenge
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Feb 12 2024

Transparency Challenge Submission Form
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Feb 12 2024

Artificial Intelligence in the public sector: Building trust now and for the future
On January 24, 2024, the IPC had the pleasure of hosting Ontarians to a public event in celebration of Data Privacy Day. The theme was Modern Government: Artificial Intelligence in the Public Sector. If you weren’t able to attend in person or online, the webcast is available here on our YouTube channel.
Feb 01 2024

Facial Recognition and Mugshot Databases: Guidance for Police in Ontario
This specific guidance offers practical recommendations for how Ontario police can mitigate potential privacy risks when using or contemplating using facial recognition technology to search mugshot databases. It includes key privacy, transparency, and accountability-related considerations to design, use, and govern such programs responsibly, in Ontario’s current regulatory context.
Feb 01 2024

Media advisory: Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner to host panel on artificial intelligence in the public sector
TORONTO, ON (January 22, 2024) – To mark Data Privacy Day, Patricia Kosseim, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, will host a panel discussion about the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in the public sector, with privacy experts from the public sector, academia, and advocacy groups.
Jan 22 2024

Manual for the Review and Approval of Prescribed Persons and Prescribed Entities
The Manual for the Review and Approval of Prescribed Persons and Prescribed Entities outlines the process followed by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario in reviewing the practices and procedures implemented by prescribed persons and prescribed entities to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the personal health information they receive. The manual sets out the obligations imposed on prescribed persons and prescribed entities arising from the review...
Jan 19 2024

S3-Episode 10: Best of season three
Tune in for riveting conversations about people, privacy, and access to information as Info Matters revisits its most thought-provoking moments from season three. This recap includes a variety of guests talking about cybersecurity, misinformation, genetic data, artificial intelligence, neurotechnology, women’s access rights and more … have a listen!
Jan 18 2024

Letter to the Toronto Police Services Board about facial recognition mugshot database program
IPC comments to the board concerning its review of the Toronto Police Services’ artificial intelligence based, facial recognition mugshot database program.
Jan 10 2024

Administrative Monetary Penalties: Guidance for the Health Care Sector
As of January 1, 2024, the IPC has the discretion to issue administrative monetary penalties as part of its enforcement powers for violations of the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). Download the guidance document to learn more.
Jan 01 2024

Keeping it real in 2023
With the rise of ChatGPT, personalized real-time chatbots, and other rapid-fire advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), it is increasingly hard to tell the difference between what’s real and not real.
Dec 19 2023

S3-Episode 9: Empowering young women and girls in the digital world
Networked spaces provide countless opportunities for young people to connect and share ideas and information like never before. But for young women and girls, the online world can be an unfriendly place, fueling self consciousness, self doubt, and fear. University of Ottawa professors Jane Bailey and Valerie Steeves speak about the eQuality project. Its mission is to help young people create a networked environment where they can participate equally, free from surveillance,...
Dec 14 2023

Ontario joins Canada’s privacy regulators to launch principles for the responsible development and use of generative AI
December 7, 2023
Dec 07 2023

S3-Episode 8: What’s on your mind? Neurotechnology and mental privacy
“What’s on your mind?” It’s a common question that, with the help of new technologies, may soon yield more personal information than we’d like. Neurotechnology devices can interact directly with the brain to extract information about our thoughts and behaviours and help stimulate certain physical and mental responses. While neurotechnology offers certain health and safety benefits, it also raises significant legal and ethical concerns. In this episode, Jennifer...
Dec 06 2023

Modern Government: Artificial Intelligence in the Public Sector
Watch a replay of our Privacy Day 2024 event featuring remarks from Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Patricia Kosseim and an engaging panel discussion about the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in the public sector.
Nov 30 2023

Submission for Bill 135, Convenient Care at Home Act, 2023, which would amend the Connecting Care Act, 2019
In this letter to Brian Riddell, Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Policy, the IPC makes recommendations in relation to proposed amendments to the Connecting Care Act, 2019.
Nov 20 2023

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario’s Info Matters Earns Prestigious Nomination in the 6th Annual Canadian Podcast Awards
[TORONTO, CANADA] — NOVEMBER 3, 2023 – The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario announced today that its podcast, Info Matters, has been nominated at the 6th Annual CANADIAN PODCAST AWARDS for outstanding technology series. These distinguished accolades celebrate excellence in podcasting, recognizing the exceptional contributions of Canadian podcasters, editors, and producers.
Nov 02 2023

IPC joins international regulators in support of resolutions on artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace and generative AI
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) joined data protection and privacy authorities from around the world at the 45th Global Privacy Assembly (GPA) to raise awareness of the need for core data protection and privacy principles to govern the development, operation, and deployment of existing and emergent AI systems.
Oct 31 2023

S3-Episode 7: Unmasking digital threats: How to guard against cyber crime
It takes years to build trust in an organization, yet only seconds to bring it all crashing down. Cyber criminals are constantly finding new ways to steal sensitive data and make money from it.  Jason Besner, Director of Partnerships at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, sheds light on the fast-changing digital landscape and provides practical tips for organizations and individuals to protect themselves against cyberattacks.
Oct 30 2023

CYFSA FAQ
Back to Part X of the CYFSA Guide for Service Providers
Oct 27 2023

Commissioner Kosseim on “In Conversation with Stephen Hurley” – Media Literacy Week episode
Media Literacy Week episode with Commissioner Kosseim and Matthew Johnson, Director of Education for Media Smarts.
Oct 25 2023

Digital Privacy Charter for Ontario Schools
Ontario schools have an essential role in preparing young people to be safe and responsible digital citizens and empowering them to exercise their privacy and access rights.
Oct 23 2023

Media Literacy Week: Protecting and empowering students in the digital age
Guest blog by Commissioner Kosseim for MediaSmarts in recognition of Media Literacy Week
Oct 20 2023

Comments and Approach for PHIPA Administrative Penalties
Letter to Ministry of Health on support for and approach to proposed administrative penalties under PHIPA, highlighting their importance in enforcing healthcare privacy and access rights.
Oct 17 2023

Ontario joins Canadian privacy regulators in passing resolutions on the privacy of young people and workers
TORONTO, ON, October 6, 2023 — Privacy authorities from across the country are calling on their respective governments to improve privacy legislation to protect young people and employees — groups that are significantly vulnerable, each in their own way, to the growing influence of digital technologies.
Oct 06 2023

Ontario joins Canada’s information regulators’ call to modernize the access to information regime
Today, Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial Information Commissioners and Ombuds signed a joint resolution aimed at reinforcing the public’s right to access government-held information.
Oct 02 2023

IPC endorses statement on access rights from the International Conference of Information Commissioners
In celebration of Right to Know Week 2023, the IPC is endorsing a statement highlighting the importance of access rights issued at the 14th edition of the International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC).
Sep 28 2023

Letter to the Ministry of the Solicitor General regarding regulatory proposals under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019
The IPC provided comments to the Ministry of the Solicitor General regarding the regulatory proposals under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 (CSPA) following the ministry’s request for public input. In these comments, the IPC offers high-level comments on three proposals that relate to the IPC’s mandate.
Sep 27 2023

Interpretation Bulletins
Our office publishes Interpretation Bulletins to promote greater understanding of Ontario’s access and privacy laws, increase the transparency of our adjudication process, and help people involved in an appeal better understand what to expect.
Sep 27 2023

S3-Episode 6: A woman’s right to know: Closing the gender gap with access to information
Access to government-held information has long been recognized as a fundamental right. Unfortunately, for many women today, getting the information they need to receive benefits or services, help support their families, and engage in civic life remains a struggle. Laura Neuman, a senior advisor with the Carter Center, speaks about closing the gender divide and how access to information for women has the power to transform lives.
Sep 25 2023

Notice of public consultation: Revisions to code of procedure for FIPPA and MFIPPA appeals
The public consultation on proposed revisions to the code of procedure for FIPPA and MFIPPA appeals is now closed.
Sep 22 2023

Code of Procedure for FIPPA and MFIPPA appeals (for public consultation)
The public consultation on proposed revisions to the code of procedure for FIPPA and MFIPPA appeals is now closed.
Sep 22 2023

RTKW 2023: Why access to information matters more than ever!
For a topic that doesn’t often get as much media attention as its privacy counterpart, access to information has been making a lot more headlines this year. Many are urging the government to improve access to information legislation, and some are even taking it a step further — calling for a complete overhaul of the freedom of information (FOI) system.
Sep 20 2023

Celebrate Right to Know Week 2023!
Right to Know Week is celebrated across Canada each year to raise awareness of the importance of access rights and open, transparent government.
Sep 18 2023

Submission for the Five-Year Review of the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015
On September 11, 2023, the IPC provided a submission to the Ministry of the Solicitor General as part of the Five-Year Review of the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015. The submission includes eight recommendations on how the police record check regime can be improved to better balance the Ministry’s dual aims of protecting public safety, while also protecting Ontarians’ privacy and other fundamental human rights.
Sep 12 2023

Commissioner Kosseim on “In Conversation with Stephen Hurley”
Host Stephen Hurley scans the education ecosystem, looking for the people and ideas that are starting to change the way we think about teaching, learning, schools and communities.
Sep 11 2023

Notice of change to PHIPA Practice Direction #3
Document Updated: A change to PHIPA Practice Direction #3 took effect on October 10, 2023. Learn more
Sep 06 2023

Letter to the Ministry of the Solicitor General regarding regulatory proposals under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019
The IPC provided comments to the Ministry of the Solicitor General regarding the regulatory proposals under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 (CSPA) following the ministry’s request for public input. In these comments, the IPC offers high-level comments on three proposals that relate to the IPC’s mandate.
Sep 05 2023

S3-Episode 5: Co-designing digital health systems with patients and families
Engaging with patients, families, and caregivers can help build a better, more inclusive health system. Betty-Lou Kristy, Chair of the Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, speaks about her mission to improve patient care in Ontario by putting patients and families at the center of policy-making. Through their lived experiences in the health system, they work to break down barriers and help build Ontarians’ trust that their data privacy and access rights will be...
Aug 31 2023

IPC letter on record-keeping concerns raised in Greenbelt report
IPC response to Leader of the Official Opposition Marit Stiles’ concerns about government record keeping practices outlined in Greenbelt report
Aug 29 2023

Submission for the July 2023 Proposed Regulatory Changes to Ontario Regulation 155/18 and 156/18.
The IPC provided comments and recommendations to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services with respect to the summary of proposed regulatory changes to Ontario Regulation 155/18 and 156/18 posted on the Ontario Regulatory Registry on July 13, 2023. Within the submission, the IPC urges the Ministry to ensure that any amendments to expand collection, use or disclosure of sensitive personal information for the safety and well-being of children and youth are...
Aug 28 2023

IPC’s Back-to-School Lesson Plans: Helping kids learn about online privacy
The digital landscape has become an inseparable part of children and youth’s lives, offering boundless opportunities for learning, connecting, and having fun. However, amid this abundance of technology, young people don’t always see the far-reaching implications of their online activities on their privacy, both present and future.
Aug 16 2023

Back-to-School: Helping kids learn about privacy with IPC’s new lesson plans
The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has released four new classroom-ready lesson plans to help educators teach students in grades two through eight about privacy rights, digital literacy, and online safety, just in time for back-to-school.
Aug 15 2023

S3-Episode 4: Ethical Uses of Genetic Data: A Conversation with Dr. Bartha Knoppers
Commissioner Kosseim sits down with Dr. Bartha Knoppers, Director of the Centre for Genomics and Policy at McGill University, to discuss the legal and ethical aspects of genetic research for the greater good.
Jul 31 2023

Submission for the 2023 5-Year Review of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017
The IPC provided comments and recommendations to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services as part of the 2023 5-Year Review of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017. The IPC’s comments and recommendations are consistent with previous submissions and focus on the goal of strengthening the access and privacy protections afforded to Ontarians under the CYFSA and its regulations.
Jul 17 2023

Comments on a regulatory proposal to establish administrative monetary penalties under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA)
Letter to the Ontario Ministry of Health describing the IPC’s support for both the maximum amounts for administrative penalties that the commissioner can order, as well as the criteria that the commissioner must consider when levying such penalties as part of order-making power under PHIPA.
Jul 07 2023

S3-Episode 3: A casual conversation between two Canadian privacy commissioners
Listen to Commissioners Kosseim and Dufresne speak candidly about some of the challenges and opportunities they face and potential areas for collaboration between their offices. Bilingual episode in English and French.
Jul 06 2023

Bookending my year as the IPC’s first Scholar-in-Residence
Guest blog by Teresa Scassa
Jun 29 2023

Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner urges government to put guardrails around public sector use of AI technologies
TORONTO, ON (June 7, 2023) – Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Patricia Kosseim, is calling on the Ontario government to put in place a robust framework to govern the public sector’s use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The recommendation is included in the 2022 annual report of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC), released today.
Jun 07 2023

2022 Annual Report
In the IPC’s 2022 annual report, Commissioner Kosseim reveals her vision of the IPC as a modern and effective regulator dedicated to supporting compliance and promoting public trust in Ontario’s public institutions. The IPC’s work in 2022 resulted in noteworthy advancements for access and privacy rights in Ontario. This report provides an overview of the IPC’s activities and accomplishments in 2022, highlighting our commitment to protecting and promoting the privacy...
Jun 07 2023

Keynote panel remarks by the Commissioner at the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium, May 26, 2023
“Privacy and Humanity on the Brink – One Year Later”
Jun 07 2023

Joint statement by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and the Ontario Human Rights Commission on the use of AI technologies
TORONTO, May 25, 2023 – The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) and the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) recognize their complementary mandates to uphold the fundamental worth and dignity of Ontarians by promoting, protecting, and advancing their human rights, including their right to privacy. Accordingly, the IPC and the OHRC announce their collaboration to provide Ontarians with a better understanding of their privacy rights concerning...
May 25 2023

Comments on Schedule 2 of Bill 102, Strengthening Safety and Modernizing Justice Act, 2023
This letter to Goldie Ghamari, Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice Policy, was intended to present the IPC’s privacy-related comments and recommended amendments to Schedule 2 of Bill 102, which, if passed, would expand the regulation-making authority under the Coroners Act, 1990.
May 18 2023

Comments on Schedule 1 of Bill 102, Strengthening Safety and Modernizing Justice Act, 2023
This letter to Goldie Ghamari, Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice Policy, was intended to present the IPC’s privacy-related comments and recommendations on Schedule 1 of Bill 102, in relation to proposed amendments to the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 (CSPA). The legislative amendments support bringing the CSPA into force.
May 18 2023

Let the sunshine in! Showcasing the benefits of government transparency
Last fall, my office issued a Transparency Challenge. We called on Ontario’s public institutions to share their best and brightest projects or programs that demonstrate a real commitment to government transparency and show how open data can have tangible benefits for the day to day lives of Ontarians. Lo and behold, public institutions rose to the challenge!
May 18 2023

S3-Episode 2: Trust and truth: Navigating the age of misinformation
Misinformation has been called a defining issue of our time, eroding trust in academia, science, and other key pillars of our society. Commissioner Kosseim speaks with Dr. Alex Himelfarb of the Council of Canadian Academies about what we can do about it, and why access to trustworthy, evidence-based information matters more than ever.
May 17 2023

IPC Transparency Showcase sheds light on open government projects
TORONTO, ON (May 11, 2023) – Ontario’s public institutions have risen to the challenge, sharing their best and brightest projects to shine a light on the benefits of government transparency and open data.
May 11 2023

Submission on Bill 79, the Working for Workers Act, 2023
This letter to Ernie Hardeman, Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, recommends the Committee to withdraw Schedules 4, 6 and 7 from Bill 79 to give the Ministry additional time to clarify significant ambiguities and address our privacy-related comments in a more holistic manner.
Apr 20 2023

Privacy Pursuit Lesson Plan – My Privacy, Your Privacy (Grades 7 – 8)
Apr 20 2023

Privacy Pursuit Lesson Plan – The Value of Privacy (Grades 6-7)
Apr 20 2023

Privacy Pursuit Lesson Plan – Protecting Your Privacy (Grades 4-5)
Apr 20 2023

Privacy Pursuit Lesson Plan – What is Privacy? (Grades 2-3)
Apr 20 2023

Privacy Pursuit! Lesson Plans
Privacy Pursuit! activity booklet
Apr 20 2023

Commissioner Kosseim on “Leadership in the Digital Enterprise”
Commissioner Patricia Kosseim appeared on “Leadership in the Digital Enterprise” on April 6, 2023. The title of this episode was “A conversation with Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Patricia Kosseim.”
Apr 06 2023

Comments on Bill 60, Your Health Act, 2023
This letter to Goldie Ghamari, Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Policy, was intended to present the IPC’s views on how amendments to Bill 60 can better enhance transparency and privacy protections of Ontarians’ information with respect to the Integrated Community Health Services Centres Act, 2023 proposed in Schedule 1, and on “As of Right” health care practitioners who may be permitted to practice in Ontario without first having to register with a provincial...
Mar 28 2023

S3-Episode 1: Predicting crimes before they occur: not so sci-fi anymore
While it may sound like science fiction, it’s actually happening today. Law enforcement organizations are using data to predict criminal activity before it occurs. Though predictive policing could make crime reduction more efficient, it also raises real risks to privacy and other human rights. Dr. Christopher Parsons, former associate at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab and now Senior Technology Advisor at the IPC, talks about some of those risks and how they can...
Mar 23 2023

The future of data privacy: A world beyond imagination, presented at the University of Toronto by Commissioner Patricia Kosseim, March 10, 2023
Commissioner Kosseim’s keynote speech at the University of Toronto about how artificial intelligence and neural technology challenge our right to privacy and in some ways, our right to be human.
Mar 10 2023

Letter to the Ministry of the Solicitor General regarding the regulatory proposals under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019
The IPC provided comments to the Ministry of the Solicitor General regarding the regulatory proposals under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 (CSPA) following the ministry’s request for public input. In these comments, the IPC offers high-level comments on four proposals that relate to the IPC’s mandate.
Feb 08 2023

Letter to Dr. Cameron on Inquest File Q2022-10 and Jury Recommendation #78
Commissioner Kosseim’s letter to Dr. Cameron, Office of the Chief Coroner, regarding the IPC’s implementation plans for jury recommendation #78 from Inquest File Q2022-10.
Feb 08 2023

Privacy Day 2023: A positive diagnosis for privacy
On the occasion of Data Privacy Day 2023, our office hosted an event on the theme of Building Trust in Digital Health Care.
Feb 01 2023

Commissioner Kosseim’s letter to Minister Rasheed and Minister McNaughton on the issue of employee monitoring in Ontario
Commissioner Kosseim urges the Minister of Public and Business Service Delivery and Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development to work together to strengthen statutory privacy protections for workers in Ontario.
Jan 25 2023

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.
Jan 17 2023

IPC Privacy Day Event
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Jan 13 2023

Giving Ontario’s youth a seat at the table
Every January 1, my family and I take turns going around the dinner table revealing our new year’s resolutions. Typically, these are well-intended aspirations to try and improve ourselves and the world around us in some small way. We write them out on a piece of paper and discuss how we will hold each other accountable for achieving them.
Jan 12 2023

2022: We listened, we learned, we did things
Covering my fridge at home are various photos of the kids when they were little, endless lists of things to do, upcoming appointments, random recipes, and important phone numbers. You’ll also find inspiring quotes I’ve cut and pasted over the years as reminders of the most important things in life despite the hustle and bustle of every day. Among these is a quote from Mahatma Gandhi who once said:
Dec 21 2022

S2-Episode 10: Health equity: Using data to make a positive difference for communities
Health influences happiness and overall well-being, but not everyone has fair access to resources that support good health. Health disparities persist, influenced by sociodemographic factors such as age, education, gender, income, and race. What can be done to address health inequity without sacrificing personal privacy? In this episode, Commissioner Kosseim speaks with Dr. Kwame McKenzie, CEO of the Wellesley Institute, about how anonymized data can be used to advance equity...
Dec 20 2022

S2-Episode 9: Back to the Future: Using strategic foresight in the new digital age
Strategic foresight is a discipline used by a growing body of experts and organizations. It is a structured and systematic way of gathering information about future operating environments to better prepare for change and make smarter decisions. In this episode, Commissioner Kosseim speaks with the IPC’s Eric Ward, Assistant Commissioner of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations, about how strategic foresight can be used to anticipate and address emerging data issues...
Dec 08 2022

The new kid on the block: IPC is on the ‘gram
After careful deliberation, the IPC recently decided to launch its own Instagram account as a new way of connecting with Ontario’s children and youth to teach them about privacy risks and how to protect themselves online. Our creative comms team has already started posting quick tips about privacy and access, including new comic characters, infographics, and whiteboard videos that make learning fun and easy.
Nov 29 2022

Submission on the proposed amendment under PHIPA on the right to access records in electronic format
Nov 09 2022

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).
Nov 04 2022

S2-Episode 8: Seeing privacy through an equity lens in the child welfare sector
We all have a role to play in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families in our communities. Misunderstandings about privacy can sometimes make people hesitant to share information about potential abuse or neglect with a children’s aid society. On the flip side, overreporting can lead to unwarranted surveillance of vulnerable and marginalized families. In this episode, Commissioner Kosseim speaks with Nicole Bonnie, CEO of the Ontario Association of Children’s...
Oct 26 2022

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.
Oct 24 2022

Ransomware: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
It takes years to build a reputation people can trust and seconds for a cyberattack to bring it all crashing down.
Oct 13 2022

How to Protect Against Ransomware
This fact sheet from the IPC discusses how ransomware has become an increasingly dangerous threat to the security of electronic records and provides guidance on how public institutions and healthcare organizations can protect themselves against it.
Oct 13 2022

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