As you may recall, I recently wrote about the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) seeking feedback for strategic priority setting for the next five years. I discussed the consultation paper, which included several potential strategic priorities that were being considered, along with some cross-cutting approaches that could be applied across all strategic priorities. In April 2021, the final report was released setting out the selected strategic priorities.
On February 3, 2021, the conclusions of a joint investigation conducted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), the Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec (QC Commission), the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia (BC OIPC) and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta (AB OIPC), collectively referred to as the Offices, were released—finding that Clearview AI violated the privacy rights of Canadians.
Canada, like many countries, must answer a fundamental question: How does it achieve its law enforcement and national security objectives while also protecting and respecting the privacy rights of its citizens? “We hope the current administration and its privacy opponents can reach reasonable compromises that allow both groups to achieve their desired outcomes” Chris Stevens, CIPP/US, CIPP/C, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPM, CIPT, and Steve Holland, CIPM, write. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, they look at the high-stakes issues facing Canada’s quest to balance the two priorities and whether Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien is the right man to help it do so.