Canada’s access to information and privacy guardians urge governments to better protect and promote rights of Canadians in digital era

Ottawa, November 14, 2014 – Information and Privacy Ombudspersons and Commissioners from across the country are urging federal, provincial and territorial governments to review and modernize their information management practices.

In a joint resolution, Canada’s access to information and privacy guardians said the digital era has brought both tremendous opportunities and new challenges for access and privacy rights. Governments, they say, must show bold leadership now more than ever to ensure the continued relevance of access to information, while still vigilantly protecting the personal information of Canadians.

The resolution was endorsed during the recent annual meeting of Information and Privacy Ombudspersons and Commissioners from federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions across Canada.

The resolution is available on the websites of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (www.priv.gc.ca) and the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada (www.ci-oic.gc.ca).

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For more information:

Natalie Hall
Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada
Natalie.Hall@ci-oic.gc.ca

Valerie Lawton
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Valerie.Lawton@priv.gc.ca

To contact provincial and territorial information and privacy Ombudspersons and Commissioners, please see www.priv.gc.ca/resource/prov/index_e.asp.