Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
January 28, 2019
Today is Data Privacy Day!
Today, January 28, 2019, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner joins other provinces and territories across Canada as well as other countries around the world in celebrating Data Privacy Day.
Data Privacy Day is an internationally recognized day dedicated to creating awareness about the importance of privacy and the protection of personal information. Privacy has been recognized by the Supreme Court of Canada as a right of all Canadians under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In this province it has been enshrined into law through the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 and the Personal Health Information Act.
This is a new era in privacy. Technology is quickly changing our way of life, and privacy issues are now at the forefront of many discussions about how society is adapting to this new era. Our online interactions mean our personal information is constantly being collected, used and disclosed, which can have an impact now and in the future. We need to consider how to ensure that we meet the challenges and opportunities this presents in our own lives. We can start by being more conscious of our information-sharing practices and take mindful steps to protect our own personal information. Private businesses, governments, public institutions and health care professionals all need to consider how to ensure that they can respect the privacy rights of citizens while adopting new technologies to deliver services.
We ask that you to think about what you have done or are planning to do to promote privacy protection. By valuing personal information and bringing privacy responsibilities to the forefront, we can work together to improve privacy protection across Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Director of Research and Quality Assurance
2019 01 28 10:50 a.m.