Media Advisory - Tabling of reports by the Auditor General of Canada and the Privacy Commissioner of Canada - Thursday, 12 February 2009

    Technical Briefing:  10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
                         The briefing is available on background only.

    News Conference:     11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Location:            National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington Street
                         Ottawa, Ontario

    OTTAWA, Jan. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Auditor General of Canada, Sheila Fraser
and Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Jennifer Stoddart, will discuss the
contents of the following reports, to be tabled in the House of Commons on 12
February 2009:

    Privacy Management Frameworks of Selected Federal Institutions

    The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada examined the Canada
Revenue Agency, Elections Canada, Passport Canada and Service Canada to assess
whether these agencies, which operate databases housing vast quantities of
personal information, treat the information in a way that safeguards the
privacy of Canadians.

    Managing Identity Information

    The Office of the Auditor General of Canada audited the same four
above-mentioned federal institutions to determine whether they work together
to efficiently manage identity information, while respecting legal and policy
requirements, and that they collect only the information that is relevant to
program needs.
    These reports are products of a collaboration between the two Officers of
Parliament. The work of the two offices was undertaken concurrently because
the topics of the audits are related and it was believed that a fuller picture
would emerge from this approach. While each office conducted its own audit
consistent with its respective mandate, the work involved information sharing
between teams when appropriate. The collaboration represents a historic first.

    For more information on the mandate of the Office of the Auditor General
of Canada visit

    For more information on the mandate of the Office of the Privacy
Commissioner visit

    The Auditor General and the Privacy Commissioner will be available for
interviews following the news conference.

For further information:

For further information: Sophie Nadeau; Ghislain Desjardins, Office of
the Auditor General of Canada, (613) 952-0213, extension 6292,; Anne-Marie Hayden, Office of the Privacy Commissioner
of Canada, (613) 995-0103,

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