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Slaw: Advice from Ontario Privacy Commissioner: Make privacy part of your corporate culture

The Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner is calling on organizations to make privacy a part of their corporate culture. Dr. Ann Cavoukian, says it is not enough for organizations to have a privacy policy in place – they must take steps on an ongoing basis to make sure it is reflected in every aspect of their operations.

This recommendation comes with the release of a new how-to guide on putting privacy policies into practice. The guide entitled, A Policy is Not Enough: It Must be Reflected in Concrete Practices provides a 7-step action plan on how to effectively execute an appropriate privacy policy and embed it in the concrete practices of an organization.

As stated in their press release, the importance of this issue was highlighted recently when Elections Ontario lost two USB keys containing the unencrypted personal information of as many as 2.4 million voters. In her investigation, Commissioner Cavoukian found the agency’s failure to systematically address privacy and security issues was at the root of the problems.

Commissioner Cavoukian said,…

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Managing Editor at First Reference Inc.
Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practiced business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 15 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Yosie is one of Canada’s best known and most respected HR authors, with an extensive background in employment and labour across the country. Read more
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