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.
Over the last two decades, British Columbia’s courts have consistently held that there is no common law tort for breach of privacy (or intrusion upon seclusion) in British Columbia because of the similar statutory cause of action under the Privacy Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 373.