Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Outlines Goals for 2016

    Mar 08, 2016

    At a hearing before the Senate Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics on February 23, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien outlined four strategic privacy priorities that will guide his office in an effort to help Canadians exercise greater control over their personal information. 

    First, to enhance the privacy protection and trust of individuals, Therrien said his office will produce a discussion paper outlining challenges with the current privacy consent model, with the goal of recommending new solutions in 2017. 

    Second, his office plans to recommend new laws and other measures regarding government surveillance to protect both privacy and national security. 

    Third, his office plans to enhance digital literacy among vulnerable populations by mitigating online reputational risks. 

    Finally, Therrien said his office will seek to learn more about the privacy implications of new technologies that collect physical information about individuals, and will inform consumers about the potential privacy risks posed by such technologies.  The privacy commissioner is an officer of Parliament who serves as an advocate for the privacy rights of Canadian citizens.  

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