Annual Report on the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act

The Access to Information Act gives Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and any person and corporation present in Canada, the right to access information contained in government records, subject to certain specific and limited exceptions. The Privacy Act gives individuals the right to access information about themselves that is held by the government, subject to certain specific and limited exceptions. It also protects individuals’ privacy by giving them substantial control over the collection, use and disclosure of their personal information, and by preventing others from accessing that information. Both Acts became law in 1983.

The Office of the Auditor General of Canada has been subject to the Privacy Act since its enactment. However, it has only been subject to the Access to Information Act since 1 April 2007, as a result of amendments contained in the Federal Accountability Act

The Auditor General must report annually to Parliament on the implementation of the Privacy Act and the Access to Information Act within the Office.

 

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