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Feds nominate Therrien to stay on as privacy commissioner

Friday, May 28, 2021 @ 1:43 PM | By John Chunn

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced the nomination of Daniel Therrien for reappointment as privacy commissioner of Canada for a one-year term.

According to the PMO’s press release, Therrien was appointed privacy commissioner of Canada on June 5, 2014, after three decades as a lawyer in the federal government focusing on issues of human rights, public safety and national security.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) was established in 1983 following the passage of the Privacy Act, which governs the personal information handling practices of federal departments and agencies. In 2001, the duties of the OPC were extended to include private sector businesses subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, Canada’s federal private-sector privacy law.

“Over the past seven years, Mr. Therrien has been a champion for Canadians’ privacy rights and has led efforts to protect and promote them. I am confident that he would continue to serve Canadians well in delivering the mandate of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in the news release.