Media Advisory - Privacy Commissioner submits special report to Parliament



    OTTAWA, Feb. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Privacy Commissioner of Canada,
Jennifer Stoddart, will submit a special report to Parliament tomorrow
(Thursday, February 14) on the conclusions of her Office's audit of the RCMP's
exempt data banks.
    This is the first time the Commissioner has used her powers under the
Privacy Act to issue a special report to Parliament.
    Exempt data banks serve to withhold the most sensitive national security
and criminal intelligence information. Government departments and agencies
which control these records will consistently refuse to confirm or deny the
existence of information in response to an individual's request for access.
    The Privacy Act attempts to strike a balance between individual access
rights and the state's right to protect information relating to a particular
public or private interest. The Act empowers the Privacy Commissioner to
review files contained in an exempt bank and make recommendations she
considers appropriate.
    The RCMP has two exempt banks: Criminal Operational Intelligence Records
and National Security Investigations Records.
    Commissioner Stoddart will comment on her report after it has been
tabled. The report will be posted at www.privcom.gc.ca.

    Press conference details are as follows:

    WHEN: 11 a.m., Thursday, February 14, 2008

    WHERE: National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington St., Ottawa




For further information:

For further information: Colin McKay, Office of the Privacy Commissioner
of Canada, (613) 995-0103, cmckay@privcom.gc.ca


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