Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named Daniel Therrien for reappointment as Privacy Commissioner of Canada for another year.

He took up the role in June 2014, after three decades as a lawyer in the national government focusing on human rights, public safety and national security.

“Over the past seven years, Mr Therrien has been a champion for Canadians’ privacy rights and has led efforts to protect and promote them,” Trudeau said.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) was established in 1983, following passage of the Privacy Act which governs how government departments and agencies handle personal information.

In 2001, its duties were extended to include private sector businesses subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, Canada’s private sector privacy law.

The commissioner is initially appointed for seven years and eligible to be reappointed for further terms not exceeding seven years.


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