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Canada Dashboard Digest | Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, July 26, 2019 Related reading: Vestager from DPC: Regulators' enforcement powers key for GDPR

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I sometimes use this space in the hopes that politicians will take note and prioritize the creation of modern privacy laws and policies that enable Canada to lead the way in this modern world. I don’t know how many politicians actually read the Digest, but there is one for sure, and that is Murray Rankin. He is a New Democratic Party member of parliament for Victoria, British Columbia, and privacy pros in Canada may remember that he co-authored a book on the Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act back in 2001.

Murray is in the news this week because he’s leaving his post as M.P., and the Prime Minister has appointed him to lead the newly created National Security and Intelligence Review Agency. Ottawa University Faculty of Law Prof. Craig Forcese, was also named to the agency.

The review agency will oversee the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Communications Security Establishment, some of what the Royal Canadian Mounted Police does, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Department of National Defence and any other government institution if they do intelligence or security.

It’s no small job, but clearly a step in the right direction to appoint, in a non-partisan way, knowledgeable people to the agency. I hope future parliamentarians and the government institutions that are overseen by the agency, pay attention to its reports and findings. After all, we’ve seen far too often that our watch dogs are really only effective if the people they report to listen to their advice. I wish Murray and his colleagues good luck in their new and challenging roles.

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