The federal government is making changes to its privacy rules for information on individuals and organizations.
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner will be reviewing how information can be shared online.
The agency is reviewing privacy rules related to how people can get access to information on themselves and others.
The changes will affect a variety of areas of privacy, including how organizations can share personal information with each other and how people may request information about themselves.
The new Privacy Act will change how the government collects, uses, and discloses personal information on Americans, and will also expand its scope to include data about Canadians and Canadians in other countries.
This will include data that is gathered through a “national security exemption,” or the use of data to protect the interests of Canadian security, according to a news release from the Office of Privacy Commissioner Suzanne Legault.
The agency will be examining whether information that Canadians have about themselves is collected in ways that are consistent with their rights under the law.
Legault says the office will also be examining how data that Canadians share with other organizations is used, including by companies that collect it and by government departments that are involved in data collection.
The office will make recommendations to the government on how to update privacy rules, and it will also begin consultations on the legislation.