New Privacy Act Proclaimed

Department of Justice

September 25, 2009 10:34 AM

Personal information will be more secure under the Privacy Review Officer Act that takes effect today, Sept. 25.

The new act provides authority to a review officer to investigate breaches of privacy when people and organizations are not satisfied with how information shared with government or public bodies such as hospitals, universities and school boards is handled.

"This act demonstrates government's commitment to the security and safety of the personal information Nova Scotians entrust to their public bodies," said Justice Minister Ross Landry.

The government has appointed Freedom of Information Review Officer Dulcie McCallum, to this new position. A former ombudsman for the Province of British Columbia, Ms. McCallum was appointed the Freedom of Information Review Officer in 2007 for a five-year term.

Nova Scotia joins all other Canadian provinces and the federal government which have some kind of legislative authority for external review or oversight.


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     Personal information will be more secure under the Privacy

Review Officer Act that takes effect today (September 25th).

     The new act provides authority to a review officer to

investigate breaches of privacy when people and organizations

are not satisfied with how information shared with government or

public bodies such as hospitals, universities and school boards

is handled.

     The government has appointed the Freedom of Information

Officer, Dulcie McCallum, to this new position.

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Media Contact: Sherri Aikenhead
              Department of Justice
              902-424-3313
              E-mail: aikenhsl@gov.ns.ca