Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Privacy Commissioner Makes 35 Recommendations in His First Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Privacy Commissioner Makes 35 Recommendations in His First Report

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Saskatchewan privacy report calls for update

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REGINA - Saskatchewan's new privacy commissioner says it's time to update the province's freedom of information and privacy laws.

Ronald Kruzeniski delivered his first annual report as commissioner on Monday, and made 35 recommendations to bring Saskatchewan's legislation in line with other provinces like Alberta and Ontario.

They include making sure everyone is notified in a timely manner when their privacy is breached, and including police departments in access laws.

Kruzeniski also recommends merging the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act into one act to reduce confusion.

The report says the Ministry of Health failed to respond to five reports from the privacy commissioner within the required 30 days and that 25 per cent of the time, public bodies gave no response to recommendations within the required time.

Justice Minister Gord Wyant blames delays to an almost fourfold increase in the number of requests for information. …

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