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Dufresne nominated for Privacy Commissioner

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has nominated Philippe Dufresne to become the next Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Dufresne a member of the Bars of Quebec, Ontario and Massachusetts. He has represented the Canadian Human Rights Commission as senior general counsel before various Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He was appointed law clerk and parliamentary counsel of the House of Commons in 2015.

The Privacy Commissioner's responsibilities include investigating complaints, conducting audits, and taking legal action when needed, as well as publicly reporting on how public and private sector organizations handle personal information, and supporting research and promoting public awareness of privacy issues.

“Dufresne is a leading legal expert and has a breadth of experience on human rights, administrative, and constitutional law,” said Trudeau. “I am confident that he would serve Canadians well in protecting and promoting privacy rights as Privacy Commissioner.”

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