Privacy Commissioner of Canada
|Privacy Commissioner of Canada|
|Commissaire à la protection de la vie privée du Canada|
|Office of the Privacy Commissioner|
|Reports to||Parliament of Canada|
|Appointer||Governor in Council|
|Term length||7 years|
|Constituting instrument||Privacy Act|
|First holder||Inger Hansen|
|Salary||$314,100 (Equal to a Judge of the Federal Court of Canada)|
|Commissariat à la protection de la vie privée du Canada|
|Headquarters||Gatineau, Quebec, Canada|
|Annual budget||$39.7 million (2019)|
The privacy commissioner of Canada (French: Commissaire à la protection de la vie privée du Canada) is a non-partisan ombudsman and officer of the Parliament of Canada. The commissioner investigates complaints regarding violations of the federal Privacy Act, which deals with personal information held by the Government of Canada or the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which deals with personal information held in federally regulated private sector industries. The commissioner reports to Parliament.
The privacy commissioner has the authority to audit, publish information about personal information-handling practices in the public and private sector, conduct research into privacy issues and promote awareness and understanding of privacy issues from the public.
Since 1983, the privacy commissioner has been a seven-year Governor in Council appointment made after consultation with the leaders of every political party in the Senate and House of Commons, and after the approval of both chambers. Prior to the Privacy Act of 1983, which lays out the present role and appointment process of the office, the appointment was made by the minister of justice on the advice of the chief commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
The privacy commissioner reports to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.
List of privacy commissioners
There have been eight privacy commissioners since the office was established in 1977.
|1||Inger Hansen||July 1977 – June 30, 1983|
|2||John Grace||July 1, 1983 – June 30, 1990|
|3||Bruce Phillips||April 17, 1991 – August 31, 2000|
|4||George Radwanski||September 1, 2000 – June 23, 2003||acting, September 1 – October 18, 2000;
left role amidst a scandal over expenses
|5||Robert Marleau||July 2, 2003 – November 30, 2003||acting|
|6||Jennifer Stoddart||December 1, 2003 – December 2, 2013|
|7||Chantal Bernier||December 3, 2013 – June 2014||acting|
|8||Daniel Therrien||June 5, 2014 – incumbent|
- https://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/edb-bdd/index-eng.html#orgs/dept/256/infograph/financialGC Infobase only reports the combined FTE headcount for both the OPC and the Information Commissioner of Canada.
- "About the Office of the Privacy Commissioner". Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
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- "Officers of Parliament - Privacy Commissioners: 1977 to Date". Library of Parliament, Parliament of Canada. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
- "Parliamentary Activities". Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
- "George Radwanski, former privacy commissioner, dies". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
- Official website
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