Specific obligations could be added to the Act for federal public bodies to provide readily available explanations of their personal information protection practices and the information they have about individuals
Other new obligations aimed at ensuring greater transparency could include:
Some exceptions to these transparency requirements would be necessary for specialized public sector activities such as law enforcement investigations, intelligence gathering, and national security activities. Where the publication of sensitive operational information is not possible, specific record-keeping requirements could be imposed to allow the Privacy Commissioner or other relevant review or regulatory bodies to play an oversight role.
For additional details and a more in-depth discussion on the rationale for these suggested changes aimed at modernizing the Act’s transparency regime, please consult our more detailed annex here.
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