3 Key Steps for Improving Data Protection

The recently reported data breach that affected 240,000 Department of Homeland Security employees is a harsh reminder that the people inside an organization are the greatest threat to data security. While hackers, ransomware and other misdeeds make headlines, it is important to remember that trusted insiders account for 100 percent of all breaches: [Click to Read More]

Have Your Say on Open Government Standards

The Government of Canada’s Open Government Division is developing a set of principles to guide digital development in the Government of Canada. The principles will shape how the Government approaches managing information, technology, and providing services.

The Government is looking for feedback.

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Congress 2018 Speaker Deadline is Approaching

The deadline is fast approaching for submitting a speaker proposal for the 2018 National Privacy & Data Governance Congress.

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PACC is a 2018 #PrivacyAware Champion

Data Privacy Day Champion

PACC is proud to be a 2018 #PrivacyAware Champion and will celebrate International Data Privacy Day on January 28 in partnership with StaySafeOnline.org and many other Data Privacy Day Champions.

We encourage the privacy, access, and data protection community to use the free resources and promotional tools available from the National Cybersecurity Alliance to create awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information.[Click to Read More]

PACC Celebrates International Right to Know Day with a call to Government to Provide Meaningful Access to Information Reform

In celebration of International Right to Know Day, September 28th, the Privacy and Access Council of Canada (PACC-CCAP.ca), the leading national association of access and privacy professionals in Canada, joined a global coalition of civil society organizations and concerned citizens in issuing a joint letter calling on Treasury Board President Scott Brison to provide meaningful reform of Canada’s access-to-information regime.

The signatories — who are committed to ensuring a strong access to information system in Canada and share the concern that Bill C-58 does little to fix the many systemic problems in the current access-to-information — call on the government to withdraw the government’s inadequate Access to Information Act (ATIA) reform legislation, Bill C-58, and introduce a bill that provides a genuine and effective right to access information held by public authorities.

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Open Letter Calls on the Federal Government to Revise Bill C-59 to Safeguard Privacy and Provide Genuine Accountability

The Privacy and Access Council of Canada (PACC-CCAP.ca) joined 40 organizations and individual experts from across Canadian civil society in issuing a joint letter to the Hon. Minister Ralph Goodale, the Hon. Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, and the Hon. Minister Ahmed Hussen detailing concerns with Bill C-59, An Act respecting national security matters.

Introduced after last year’s extensive public consultations in which Canadians overwhelmingly made clear they wanted the government to overhaul Bill C-51 (the former government’s controversial anti-terrorism law), Bill C-59 is a good first step toward improving the national security regime. The signatories all share the concern that Bill C-59 does not provide the essential elements necessary to ensure that Charter-protected and internationally recognized rights and freedoms are at the core of Canada’s national security framework.[Click to Read More]

NAFTA Renegotiation will affect information privacy, access to information, and data protection compliance in Canada

At the instigation of the US government, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is about to be renegotiated. NAFTA came into force in 1994 — before computers, smart phones, social media, and advanced analytics were in common usage — and was intended as a vehicle to minimize trade barriers between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

In July 2017, the United States Trade Representative released a Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation which sets out the US objectives — and makes clear that the renegotiation will affect how, where, and by whom information may (and may not) be processed, stored and managed. [Click to Read More]

2017 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The University of Utah invite you to participate in the 2017 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education on October 10-11, at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. This two-day event will include workshop sessions, a tabletop exercise and an after-action review session on preparing participants to respond to a campus emergency. [Click to Read More]

PACC supports petition E-1090 (Access to Information)

The Privacy and Access Council of Canada (PACC) has pledged its support and signed petition e-1090, a petition before the House of Commons that “[calls] upon the Government of Canada to immediately begin the process of turning over all historical documents” to Library and Archives Canada (LAC); and to “reform the ATI and Library and Archives Canada Act to ensure historical material does not remain hidden outside of LAC”.[Click to Read More]

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PACC Calls on Government to Take a More Active Leadership Role in the Open Government Partnership

The Privacy and Access Council of Canada has joined more than 20 other organizations and individuals in calling on the Government of Canada to seize the rare opportunity now available to take a leadership in the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

Accepting a leadership role in the OGP would be a concrete demonstration of the Government’s commitment to being open and accountable to Canadians — a move that would support the important and challenging work carried out by PACC members and other access and privacy professionals in private sector, public sector, and non-profit organizations across the country.

The full text of the letter is below.[Click to Read More]