The Canadian Privacy Law Blog: Developments in privacy law and writings of a Canadian privacy lawyer, containing information related to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (aka PIPEDA) and other Canadian and international laws.
The author of this blog, David T.S. Fraser, is a Canadian privacy lawyer who practices with the firm of McInnes Cooper. He is the author of the Physicians' Privacy Manual. He has a national and international practice advising corporations and individuals on matters related to Canadian privacy laws.
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Friday, September 25, 2009
Nova Scotia has just given the privacy provisions of FOIPOP some teeth with the passage of the Privacy Review Officer Act:
New Privacy Act Proclaimed News Releases Government of Nova Scotia
Department of Justice
September 25, 2009 10:34 AM
Personal information will be more secure under the Privacy Review Officer Act that takes effect today, Sept. 25.
The new act provides authority to a review officer to investigate breaches of privacy when people and organizations are not satisfied with how information shared with government or public bodies such as hospitals, universities and school boards is handled.
"This act demonstrates government's commitment to the security and safety of the personal information Nova Scotians entrust to their public bodies," said Justice Minister Ross Landry.
The government has appointed Freedom of Information Review Officer Dulcie McCallum, to this new position. A former ombudsman for the Province of British Columbia, Ms. McCallum was appointed the Freedom of Information Review Officer in 2007 for a five-year term.
Nova Scotia joins all other Canadian provinces and the federal government which have some kind of legislative authority for external review or oversight.
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