Jennifer Stoddart was appointed Canada's Privacy Commissioner by the governor in council effective December 1, 2003, on unanimous resolutions adopted by both the House of Commons and the Senate for a seven-year term. In December 2010, Commissioner Stoddart was reappointed for a three-year term.
Since taking on this role, Commissioner Stoddart has overseen a number of important investigations, including those concerning the privacy policies and practices of the popular social networking site Facebook and a massive data breach at U.S. retail giant TJX, which owns Winners and HomeSense stores in Canada. The Commissioner also led efforts to help private-sector organizations understand their obligations under the Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) in the first years after the legislation came into force. She is working to promote online privacy for young people through the office's website, www.youthprivacy.ca.
Commissioner Stoddart has also led a number of important investigations on the public sector front, and has conducted audits of, for example, the government's personal information disposal practices, its use of wireless technology, the Passenger Protect Program, Passport Canada, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), and the RCMP's Exempt Databanks.
Given Canada's international trade patterns, Stoddart has become involved in global privacy issues through her work with international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, which are examining ways to protect and enhance privacy rights on a global scale. In 2007, she hosted the 29th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, which brought together some of the world's foremost data protection experts.
Commissioner Stoddart was previously president of the Commission d’accès à l’information du Québec, an organization responsible for both access to information and the protection of personal information.
Contributions by Jennifer Stoddart
A Privacy Law Fit for 2030: Balancing Innovation and Privacy Rights
Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2020
Turbulence in the Data Protection World: What’s coming for Canada
Speaker at Vancouver KnowledgeNet: 6 November 2019
How to Survive A Data Breach: Canada and Alberta
Moderator at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2019
Privacy and Cybersecurity Hot Business Risks
Moderator at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2018
GDPR, Adequacy and Business: A Canadian Balancing Act
Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2018
Canadian Privacy: Past, Present and Future
Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2017
Trends in Changing the Rules for Data Protection
Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2015