All of Canada's federal, provincial and territorial privacy commissioners have urged the federal government to make privacy a fundamental piece of the country's national security policy, the Times Colonist reports. The commissioners have signed a formal joint submission to the Trudeau government's security review to address key privacy-related issues, including information sharing, encryption and the collection and use of metadata by national security agencies and law enforcement. Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish and Jean Chartier of Quebec appeared Tuesday in Ottawa to discuss the submission. In a press release, Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien said, "In my view, this is not the time to further expand state powers and reduce individual rights. Rather, it is time to enhance both legal standards and oversight to ensure that we do not repeat past mistakes and that we ultimately achieve real balance between security and respect for basic individual rights."
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