• Information and privacy commissioners issue resolution about privacy and access to information rights during/after a pandemic

    Jun 2, 2021

    In a joint resolution, Canada’s information and privacy regulators called on their respective governments to respect Canadians’ quasi-constitutional rights to privacy and access to information. The regulators took note of the serious impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the right of access to information and privacy rights in Canada and called on governments to use the lessons learned during the pandemic to improve these rights.

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  • Canadian Council of Parliamentary Ombudsman calling for cautious approach to vaccination certification schemes

    May 26, 2021

    As countries around the world, and some jurisdictions in Canada contemplate how or if certification of COVID-19 vaccination status will be implemented in daily life, Canadian ombudsman are stressing a cautious approach that places fairness at the heart of any potential vaccination certification system that is applied to public services.

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  • Vaccine passports must meet highest level of privacy protection say Canada’s privacy guardians

    May 19, 2021

    Privacy should be front and centre as governments and businesses consider COVID-19 vaccine passports as a tool to help Canadians return to normal life, say Canada’s privacy guardians.

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Fairness Principles for Public Service Providers Regarding the Use of COVID-19 Vaccine Certification (by the Canadian Council of Parliamentary Ombudsman)

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Privacy and COVID-19 Vaccine Passports (by federal, provincial and territorial information and privacy commissioners)

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Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Issues

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