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Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner calls on public institutions to join the Transparency Challenge
TORONTO, ON (September 28, 2022) – Today, on International Right to Know Day, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) launched a Transparency Challenge, calling on public institutions to share their innovative projects or programs that improve government transparency for the benefit of Ontarians.
Sep 28 2022

Join the IPC’s Transparency Challenge!
Does your organization have an innovative open data or open government project or program that advances public sector transparency in Ontario?
Sep 28 2022

Transparency Challenge Submission Form
Please have all relevant information readily available to complete your submission, since you will not be able to save it and go back to it later.
Sep 28 2022

Transparency shines bright during Right to Know Week 2022
For Canadians, Right to Know Week is a time to reflect on our access rights and the importance of open, transparent government. This week, the IPC will spread the word about the public’s right to know by sharing resources about how individuals can exercise their access rights and how public institutions can make information more readily accessible.
Sep 26 2022

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario Joins National Call to Retire Fax Machines and Secure Communications in Health Care Delivery
TORONTO, ON, Sept. 21, 2022 – Protecting sensitive personal health information is critical to maintaining Canadians’ trust in the health system.
Sep 21 2022

IPC welcomes Professor Teresa Scassa as its first Scholar-in-Residence!
Guest blog by Teresa Scassa
Sep 06 2022

Scholar in Residence
Professor Teresa Scassa is the IPC’s first-ever Scholar-in-Residence. She is also Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law and an internationally-renowned expert in privacy, open data and data governance.
Aug 31 2022

Join Our Team!
Jobs advertisements where bilingualism is considered an asset will be posted in both English and French on the website. Positions that are not bilingual are not translated and are posted in English only on our website.
Aug 18 2022

Sharing Personal Health Information Within and Among Ontario Health Teams
Presentation by Senior Health Policy Advisor, Nicole Minutti, to the Canadian Mental Health Association on sharing personal health information within and among Ontario Health Teams.
Aug 10 2022

Going digital: IPC now receives FOI appeals and payments online, anytime!
If you’ve read the IPC’s 2021 Annual Report, you’ll know that my office has set its sights on a vision to enhance Ontarians’ trust that their access and privacy rights will be respected. This vision rests on three key pillars:
Aug 10 2022

File an appeal and pay fees online
File and pay for your appeal online! The IPC offers a secure system for submitting appeals and paying appeal fees online from your desktop, smartphone or tablet.
Aug 08 2022

S2-Episode 6: Giving foster kids a fair shot in life
Child welfare records can follow kids even after they’ve aged out of the system. That’s the reality former foster kids face as they begin their adult lives, shadowed by deeply personal histories recorded in files that are accessible to others. This can affect their job prospects, their chance of adopting, or be used as ammunition in child custody disputes. Jane Kovarikova, founder of the Child Welfare Political Action Committee, is helping former foster kids reclaim...
Aug 03 2022

Privacy and humanity on the brink
Certain events in life are of such seismic proportion that they remind us of our fragility not only as human beings, but as an entire human species. I first got that feeling in the chaotic aftermath of 9/11 when I feared possible nuclear retaliation might put an end to us all. I felt it again when the UN Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned of the narrowest margin of time remaining if we hope to save our planet from destruction. And I felt it more...
Jul 21 2022

IPC sponsors declaration at International Conference of Information Commissioners
Today, the IPC supported a declaration of the members of the International Conference of Information Commissioners at the 13th Annual Conference:
Jul 15 2022

Policy Consultations
Considering a consultation with the IPC? We encourage you to reach out!
Jun 22 2022

IPC 2021 Annual Report: Setting the cornerstones of a digital Ontario
One of the most profound and lasting effects of the pandemic has been the accelerated digitization of our lives as part of our new normal. In the IPC’s annual report I look back over my office’s activities throughout 2021 and reflect on how this work has positioned us to serve Ontarians differently as we shift to a digital society.
Jun 15 2022

Information and Privacy Commissioner Re-Affirms Call for Ontario Private Sector Privacy Law
TORONTO, ON (June 14, 2022) – In the IPC’s 2021 annual report, released today, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Patricia Kosseim, renewed her call for a provincial private sector privacy law and updates to the province’s existing privacy and access regime.
Jun 14 2022

2021 Annual Report
In her 2021 annual report, Commissioner Kosseim reflects on the IPC’s activities of the past year and how this work has positioned us to serve Ontarians as we shift to an increasingly digital society. In 2021, great strides were made in achieving our goals in four key strategic areas, Privacy and Transparency in a Modern Government, Trust in Digital Health, Children and Youth in a Digital World, and Next-Generation Law Enforcement.
Jun 13 2022

OBA – Insights from the IPC
Presentation by Commissioner Kosseim to the Ontario Bar Association on the latest updates from the IPC on access and privacy issues.
Jun 08 2022

S2-Episode 5: In conversation with Jim Balsillie: Data, technology, and public policy
Data is the engine of the modern economy, a key driver of innovation and growth. While the power of data is undeniable, questions emerge about the impact of digital transformation on our human rights, our collective well-being, and the state of our democracy. Commissioner Kosseim speaks with Jim Balsillie, retired co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry) and founder of the Centre for International Governance Innovation about the most pressing public policy issue of our...
Jun 01 2022

The IPC’s Strategic Priorities: One Year In
Over a decade ago, at the 35th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (as it was then called), the community of international data protection regulators walked away with a key take-home message: “be selective to be effective.” If that old adage was applicable then, it has become even more so now in the midst of a global digital revolution where the broad array of data-related issues coming at us every day can feel dizzying and overwhelming...
May 24 2022

Statement from the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario on Supreme Court mandate letters decision to hear appeal
Patricia Kosseim, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court of Canada granting the Ontario government leave to appeal the decision that the government must disclose its mandate letters:
May 18 2022

Ripe for public debate: Legal and ethical issues around de-identified data
Every once in a while, there are privacy investigation decisions that stand out because of their precedent setting nature.
May 17 2022

Review of the Practices and Procedures of the Ministry of Health’s Inter-ministerial Data Integration Unit
IPC Letter accompanying the Review of the Ministry of Health’s Inter-ministerial Data Integration Unit (2022)
May 09 2022

S2-Episode 4: Focusing in on police use of body-worn cameras
In recent years a global movement has taken shape, calling for greater scrutiny of interactions between citizens and police. Cameras worn by police officers have emerged as a tool to support greater transparency and accountability, documenting what an officer sees and hears on the job. What are their benefits and risks? How do they impact police-community relations?  And what kinds of questions should citizens be asking about these cameras? In this episode, Commissioner...
May 04 2022

Ontario’s privacy commissioner joins national call for legal limits on the use of facial recognition technology by police
Patricia Kosseim addresses House of Commons committee, emphasizing the need for safeguards, accountability, and transparency
May 02 2022

Commissioner Kosseim’s comments to federal committee on the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement
Comments from Commissioner Kosseim to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics on the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement.
May 02 2022

Media Advisory: Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner to appear before committee examining facial recognition technology
Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Patricia Kosseim, will appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) to participate in its study into the use and impact of facial recognition technology.
Apr 29 2022

Submission on Bill 106: Obligations and authorities of Ontario Health Teams and access to records in electronic format
As Schedule 4 of Bill 106, the Pandemic and Emergency Preparedness Act, 2022 (Schedule 4) would amend the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) by introducing new regulation-making powers, the IPC submitted recommendations to  Ernie Hardeman Chair of the Committee Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs to address each of these proposed regulatory powers.
Apr 11 2022

Council of Ontario Universities FIPPA Network
Presentation by Director of Adjudication, Gillian Shaw, to Council of Ontario Universities FIPPA Network on the latest news and updates from the tribunal department.
Apr 11 2022

Op-Ed: Bill 88 needs to go further to protect the privacy rights of workers
For many of us, the pandemic has changed how we work, blurring the line that used to exist between home and office.
Apr 08 2022

Commissioner’s Speech to the Standing Committee on Social Policy of the Legislative Assembly Re: Schedule 2 of Bill 88, Working for Workers Act, 2022
Commissioner Kosseim’s speech to the to the Standing Committee on Social Policy of the Legislative Assembly Re: Schedule 2 of Bill 88, Working for Workers Act, 2022.
Mar 29 2022

S2-Episode 3: Power to the people! Access, privacy, and civic engagement
This episode explores the role of civic engagement in fostering greater government transparency and clearer privacy policies that work for everyday people. Commissioner Kosseim speaks with community activist and bestselling author Dave Meslin about barriers that keep people from engaging in societal issues and ways of overcoming them to effect change.
Mar 23 2022

Comments on Bill 88, the Working for Workers Act, 2022
This letter to Natalia Kusendova, Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Policy was intended to present the IPC’s views on Schedule 2 of Bill 88, the Working for Workers Act, 2022 on how amendments to Bill 88 can better support its policy objective of enhancing transparency and protecting workers’ privacy.
Mar 15 2022

Letter to Dr. Catherine Zahn and Ms. Hillary Hartley regarding Proof of Vaccination Certificates in Ontario
This letter to Dr. Catherine Zahn, Deputy Minister of Health and Ms. Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital and Data Officer offered the IPC’s recommendations to help ensure ongoing protection of the privacy rights of Ontarians as the proof of vaccination certificate initiative continued in the province.
Mar 10 2022

S2-Episode 2: Family ties: Using investigative genetic genealogy to solve crimes
Millions of people around the world are purchasing DNA testing kits and uploading their results to genealogy websites to trace their family trees. Police services are making use of this genetic information too, looking for matches with DNA samples left at crime scenes to solve cold cases. Commissioner Kosseim speaks with renowned DNA forensics expert Dr. Frederick Bieber about the use of these investigative techniques by police and the potential privacy risks for people who...
Feb 25 2022

Reaching out to Franco Ontarians: Commissioner Kosseim talks about Data Privacy Day on CHOQ FM
Listen to the interview here.
Feb 08 2022

It’s a Gold Star for Privacy Day: Empowering a New Generation of Digital Citizens
Data protection authorities around the world recognize Data Privacy Day every January 28 as a way of raising public awareness about the importance of privacy and data protection rights. In case you missed it, this past Friday the IPC continued its tradition of hosting an annual Privacy Day event, engaging with experts, stakeholders, and the public on important privacy issues of the day through constructive dialogue.
Feb 03 2022

IPC Privacy Day Webcast
Watch the 2022 Privacy Day webcast, Empowering a New Generation of Digital Citizens, to learn how we can best champion the privacy and access rights of Ontario’s children and youth. Key issues discussed include privacy education and digital literacy, empowering children to think critically about their data, and the role of regulation in protecting children and youth in the online world.
Jan 24 2022

S2-Episode 1: Real or fake? The buzz about synthetic data
New artificial intelligence technologies now make it possible to create fake versions of personal information that look and feel a lot like the real thing but are different enough to protect individual privacy. In this episode, Commissioner Kosseim speaks with Dr. Khaled El Emam about how synthetic datasets are made from real patient data and how they can be used to advance important health research while minimizing privacy risks.
Jan 20 2022

Auld Lang “Send”: let’s end email blunders and resolve to do better in 2022
How many of us have accidentally pressed “send” on an email to the wrong person?  It happened to me several years ago when my flight was cancelled and I sent a late-night email to my husband from the back of a very dark cab, letting him know I was on my way home from the airport. I signed, “Love you” at the end with x’s and o’s as I typically do, only to find out I had sent it to the wrong Ken! I was mortified of course, and the VP of a large company at the time...
Jan 18 2022

Ontario IPC concludes its review of Durham Region’s privacy breach
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) has concluded its review of a privacy breach that occurred almost a year ago in Durham Region. The breach was traced to the region’s use of Accellion File Transfer Appliance (FTA) software, a product that has been linked to breaches in organizations around the world as part of a massive spree of cyberattacks.
Jan 18 2022

Goodbye 2021: Reflections on the year that was
Throughout the past year, we continued to be tested in our ability to develop and persevere in the face of change and uncertainty, inflicted by a brutal and unrelenting pandemic.
Dec 22 2021

Comments on the Toronto Police Services Board’s draft Use of New Artificial Intelligence Technologies Policy
The IPC shared its recommendations with Dr. Dubi Kanengisser, Senior Advisor, Strategic Analysis and Governance, Toronto Police Services Board on the Board’s draft Use of New Artificial Intelligence Technologies Policy. These recommendations were intended to strengthen the Policy and help the Board use AI in a manner that protects privacy, freedom of information, and other fundamental rights.
Dec 20 2021

COVID-19 Information and Resources
The following information will help individuals and organizations manage privacy and access issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to add new and relevant information.
Dec 17 2021

From the bedside to the board: Building a culture of privacy and security in large healthcare institutions-
Hospitals across Ontario have been investing heavily in the development of electronic health records, patient portals, and digital health solutions. As information systems become more complex, so too must the means of securing them. In this episode, Commissioner Kosseim speaks with The Ottawa Hospital’s Chief Information Officer, Shafique Shamji, and Chief Privacy Officer, Nyranne Martin, about how they work together to integrate the hospital’s privacy and information...
Dec 12 2021

Submission of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario on the Proposed Amendment to O. Reg. 329/04 under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) on the right to access records in electronic format
Dec 03 2021

Digital health week: Celebrating health care on the digital frontier
The health care landscape shifted dramatically in March 2020 with the onset of the pandemic. A recent study estimates that outpatient virtual care visits in Ontario increased by nearly 70 per cent from pre-pandemic levels.
Dec 01 2021

S1-Episode 10: From the bedside to the board: Building a culture of privacy and security in large healthcare institutions.
Hospitals across Ontario have been investing heavily in the development of electronic health records, patient portals, and digital health solutions. As information systems become more complex, so too must the means of securing them. In this episode, Commissioner Kosseim speaks with The Ottawa Hospital’s Chief Information Officer, Shafique Shamji, and Chief Privacy Officer, Nyranne Martin, about how they work together to integrate the hospital’s privacy and information...
Nov 29 2021

More and more we’re living online, and cybercriminals know it!
While the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down almost every aspect of our society and has grounded to a near-halt many sectors of our economy, cybercriminals remained busier than ever and show no signs of abating.
Oct 08 2021

Info Matters Podcast
Info Matters is a podcast about people, privacy, and access to information hosted by Patricia Kosseim,
Mar 05 2021

The Color Purple
October is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario, and on Tuesday, October 27, I will be wearing purple to show my support for Dress Purple Day. This day raises awareness of the vital role that individuals and communities play in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families.  Protecting the safety and well-being of vulnerable children and youth also includes protecting their privacy and empowering them with access to their own personal information.
Oct 29 2020

It’s About You: Your File and Your Rights Under Ontario’s Child and Family Services Law (printable brochure)
Print double-sided (flip on short edge) on legal size paper, fold on dotted lines
Oct 15 2020