Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish released a statement on Data Privacy Day, calling for the province’s government to modernize its privacy laws and ensure public institutions are gathering data properly. Beamish said while the government can use personal data to improve public services, it can also be used in invasive, inaccurate, and discriminatory ways. “My office is committed to upholding the privacy rights of Ontarians and ensuring the public institutions entrusted with their personal information manage it responsibly," Beamish said. "Evidence-based decision making can offer significant opportunities for government and the public, but these advancements should not come at the cost of personal privacy.”
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