2013-14 Annual Report on Federal Privacy Act
The Privacy Act sets out the rules for privacy protection in the federal public sector.
Among the highlights of the report:
- there are many shortcomings in how the Royal Canadian Mounted Police monitors and reports on its collection of subscriber data from telecommunications companies without a warrant
- it includes a technical and legal primer on metadata – the data trail generated each time someone uses a mobile device, computer, telephone or other technologies.
- it offers details on privacy aspects of U.S.-Canada border security initiatives
- the number of data breaches voluntarily reported by federal institutions reached a record high. It is unclear whether there were actually more breaches or whether more departments and agencies chose to report them
- the document also summarizes the complaints under the Privacy Act handled by the Office