Annual Report to Parliament 2010-2011

INTRODUCTION

The Privacy Act (PA) was proclaimed into force on July 1, 1983.

The Act extends to individuals the right of access to information about themselves held by the government, subject to specific and limited exceptions. The PA also protects individuals' privacy by preventing others from having access to their personal information and gives individuals substantial control over its collection, use and disclosure by the federal government.

Section 72 of the Privacy Act requires that the head of every government institution prepare for submission to Parliament an annual report on the administration of the PA within the institution during each financial year.

This is the twenty-eighth Annual Report on the administration of the Privacy Act within the Department of Justice. It is intended to describe how the Department administered its responsibilities for the fiscal year 2010-2011 in relation to the application of the PA.

The organizational chart of the Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Office may be found in Appendix A.

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