#CyberFLASH: Reinforcing Privacy Protection and Oversight for the Canadian Intelligence Community in an Era of Cyber-Surveillance

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The last few months have seen intensified concerns about the protection of privacy in the context of national security activities. In order to contribute to an informed, constructive debate to address these concerns, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has produced this report in the hope of assisting Parliament in addressing the question as to whether Canada still has proper privacy protection in the context of national security.

The OPC oversees compliance with both the Privacy Act, governing the federal public sector, and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, governing the private sector. Intelligence organizations and operations are subject to the Privacy Act, which applies to the personal information practices of federal institutions to ensure that the privacy of individuals is protected.

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