In recognition of International Right to Know Day on 28 September, the Privacy and Access Council of Canada has joined Transparency International, together with Access Info Europe, Article19, and the Centre for Law and Democracy, in urging governments to ensure that the COVID-19 pandemic is not used as a pretext for limiting the right to information. The coronavirus crisis has … [Read more...] about Celebrate International Right to Know Day 2020
Ontario's Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) has invited the public's input about how private sector organizations should be able to collect, use, and disclose personal information, and to elicit input about how/whether to : Increase transparency for individuals, to provide Ontarians with more detail about how their information is being used by businesses … [Read more...] about Have Your Say to inform Ontario’s new privacy law
The Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner has released Investigation Report F2020-IR-01 that looks into the use of the “public interest override” provision (section 32) by public bodies under Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The report includes an analysis of the public interest override in Alberta, survey results of Alberta public bodies … [Read more...] about Report: Public Interest Override
The argument that our fundamental rights (access to information, privacy, health, security, freedom of expression) should automatically collide is not new or unique, but it has come up even more often since coronavirus started spreading. Read More … [Read more...] about The dangers of binary thinking and why we shouldn’t have to choose between our rights
Contact tracing apps can be helpful to track the spread of COVID-19, but questions about “trust and legitimacy” might affect their uptake. … [Read more...] about Should British Columbians be concerned about COVID-19 contact tracing privacy?