Year in Review - Canadian Privacy

2013? Exciting and interesting. Privacy law in Canada had lots goin' on. The feds looked at amendments, but yet again failed to pass revisions to PIPEDA. The Information Commissioner held public consultations on the modernization of the ATIA. Maybe 2014 will bring us some updated legislation!

Our federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart concluded her term on December 2nd; Chantal Bernier is Interim Commissioner. The privacy community is anxiously awaiting the appointment of Ms. Stoddart's successor.

'Big data', large-scale data breaches, government access to personal info, and data privacy after death were all hot topics that I'd expect to see a lot of continued discussion around in 2014. In November, the Supreme Court of Canada declared Alberta's privacy law invalid for violating the Charter, with its ruling suspended for 12 months. Will freedom of expression, in this balance, continue to trump individual privacy rights in 2014?

Our 4th Annual CBA Access to Information & Privacy Law Symposium was a resounding success, and we're already looking forward to the 5th! Currently working on a white paper on privacy after death, so would love to hear from you on what should happen to your data and personal information when you die (& how it should happen). Thoughts?

Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to talking privacy law (& other things!) more in 2014.