Backgrounder - Commissioner Cavoukian working with Ontario Government to protect personal information on enhanced drivers' licences for border crossings

    TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann
Cavoukian has had ongoing discussions with Ontario officials for two years on
the status of Ontario's Enhanced Drivers' Licence (EDL) initiative, focusing
on the need to build in privacy protection and comply with provincial privacy
    Privacy Commissioners from across Canada - meeting in Victoria, B.C.
today - are discussing a joint resolution listing the steps that governments
need to take to ensure the privacy and security of Canadians personal
information under a provincial EDL program. B.C. Information and Privacy
Commissioner David Loukidelis is the driving force behind the resolution.
    "Ontario has already committed," Commissioner Cavoukian said today, "to
many of the key steps that Canada's privacy commissioners want all governments
to take before implementing EDL programs."
    For example, Ontario has committed to conducting a thorough privacy
impact assessment and security threat risk assessment, said the Commissioner.
    The government has also committed to continuing to work with Commissioner
Cavoukian's office as it progresses through its next phase.
    "I am very pleased with the co-operation and willing attitude of the
Ontario government to work with my office and protect citizens' privacy," said
Commissioner Cavoukian.

    The Information and Privacy Commissioner is appointed by and reports to
the Ontario Legislative Assembly, and is independent of the government of the
day. The Commissioner's mandate includes overseeing the access and privacy
provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the
Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as well as the
Personal Health Information Protection Act, and helping to educate the public
about access and privacy issues.

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