Yet another Canadian province is looking at whether its privacy regime is up to snuff. The newly elected government in Nova Scotia is keeping its election promise of reforming that province's approach to freedom to information and privacy.
Currently, it's a jurisdiction where the commissioner does not have order-making powers and that is something the premier said he is going to fix.
The whole issue of reform is not going away anytime soon. There are too many jurisdictions in Canada, including the federal one, where we are stuck with first-generation laws or models. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks modernization isn't required. I haven't heard anyone say that in a long while now.
Mind you, I also haven't seen any public statements by either federal party regarding promises of reform and modernization. It's possible I missed it, so if you have heard recent political statements about privacy promises, please share.
I hope it does become a campaign issue because I'd like to see where our politicians stand on the topic. While there are certainly many other campaign issues to consider, I, for one, would like to see firm commitments like the ones we see coming to fruition in Nova Scotia.
What about you? Would you be persuaded to vote for one party over another if they came out with a pledge to modernize our privacy landscape?
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