The Act’s purpose clause could reflect the important underlying public objectives of federal public-sector privacy legislation
The current purpose clause states that “[t]he purpose of this Act is to extend the present laws of Canada that protect the privacy of individuals with respect to personal information about themselves held by a federal public body and that provide individuals with a right of access to that information.” This statement reflects the Act’s legislative history more than its broader public objectives. A modernized purpose clause could provide better guidance for interpretation by clearly stating the important underlying objectives of federal public sector data protection legislation, notably:
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