The projects and activities of the Privacy Sub-Committee are designed
to maximize the collaborative relationship that exists within the
sub-committee. In particular, the Privacy Sub-Committee structures its
projects to ensure effective exchange of information, sharing of best
practices and ideas to achieve best economies of scale in privacy
assessment and management. Since the Privacy Subcommittee also plays an
advisory and community of experts’ role, the sub-committee keeps abreast
of any new legislation, polices, breaches and issues such as the
emergence of Web 2.0 and its impact on government. It also shares best
practices in the area of community renewal in addition to awareness,
training and communications.
The Privacy Sub-Committee reports to the Joint Councils of the Public Sector Chief Information Officer Council (PSCIOC) and the Public Sector Service Delivery Council (PSSDC). Membership includes representation
from the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments.
Sub-committee members are from government bodies that provide central
access and privacy services (advice, policy, legislative support) for
government, along with several major federal government departments.
The mandate of the Privacy Sub-Committee is to:
- provide a national forum for the
exchange of information relating to access to information/Freedom of
Information and privacy research, best practices, training, IT products,
and other resources, in support of public sector programs and
- support the mission of the PSCIOC “to
enable enhanced service to the Canadian public through collaboration
across governments and demonstrated leadership in the management of
information and technology”; and,
- support the mandate of the PSSDC to
“share information, develop partnerships and facilitate potential
solutions that can be used to improve public sector service delivery” by
playing a leadership and coordination role in matters related to access
to information and privacy protection.
The Privacy Sub-Committee is working on the following projects/activities:
- Improving the Privacy Toolbox repository;
- Developing privacy guidelines for Social Media use in the public sector;
- Developing Core Competencies for access and privacy functions in the public sector; and,
- Maintaining a watching brief/ information sharing on key privacy-related issues.