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Government of Canada begins Privacy Act consultation

The Government of Canada has begun a public consultation into the possible modification of the Privacy Act. According to the Department of Justice Canada, the review of the 30-year-old legislation is intended to ensure that it keeps pace with technological change and evolving Canadian values. The act regulates federal public sector institutions' collection, use, disclosure, retention and disposal of personal information. The online consultation invites Canadians to submit their views on modernizing the federal privacy framework. It will run until Jan. 17, 2021 at <>.

“Every Canadian is affected by the Privacy Act and how personal information is handled by the federal government,” said David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. “Canadians expect privacy laws to keep pace with technological and social change. Reviewing the act will help guide us as we move forward to better serve Canadians.”

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