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Privacy Act reform

The Privacy Act is the law that governs the personal information handling practices of federal government institutions.

The Act was introduced in 1983 and has not had any substantive updates since that time.

Over the years, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has urged the Government to update the Privacy Act to ensure that the law adequately protects Canadians’ rights in an increasingly complex environment.

On this page you will find documents the Office has prepared in relation to Privacy Act reform.

Advice to Parliament

Privacy Act Reform

Appearance before the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

Report to Parliament

Privacy Act reform

Extract from the Privacy Act Annual Reports to Parliament 2005-2006


Government Accountability for Personal Information

Government Accountability for Personal Information: Reforming the Privacy Act

Report to Parliament

Privacy Act Reform

Extract from the Annual Reports to Parliament on the Privacy Act 2004-2005

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