Information and Privacy Commissioner Speaks Out Against New Report

The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Diane McLeod-McKay recently held a press conference and delivered written comments on a report by the Yukon Government which suggested that major changes to the Yukon’s Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act are required. In the conference, McLeod-McKay said that these changes, which would significantly change the way the Act works, are unnecessary. Of particular concern to McLeod-McKay appeared to be the report’s suggestion that private information become more centralized and consolidated so that government could create uniform processes, interact with the public in a more efficient manner, and provide other opportunities to innovate. McLeod-McKay expressed worries that this would compromise more information in the event of an information breach and that this consolidation would make a breach or other inappropriate use of this private information more likely. While McLeod-McKay agreed that government bodies benefit by collaborating and sharing resources, she says that this is already happening under current legislation. As a result, she recommended that any changes to the current legislation be minor and said that the major changes recommended by the report would not be beneficial.

In the Information and Privacy Commission’s last annual report  McLeod-Mckay expressed concern about the Yukon government’s adherence to the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act but suggested that the government was moving in the right direction by creating new internal policies related to privacy management. The annual report also reiterated the point that private information needs to be actively managed and that “A failure to manage privacy will certainly result in privacy breaches”.

This blog post was written by a CCLA-PBSC RightsWatch student. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the view of the CCLA or PBSC.