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Jennifer Stoddart re-appointed as privacy commissioner

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed the reappointment of Jennifer Stoddart (pictured) as Privacy Commissioner of Canada for a three-year term. The reappointment, which was recently approved by the Senate and the House of Commons, is effective immediately. Ms Stoddart has been serving as the Privacy Commissioner of Canada since December 2003.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner was created in 1977 under the Canadian Human Rights Act, Part IV. The Privacy Act, which currently governs the functions of the Privacy Commission, was adopted in 1983.

As an Agent of Parliament, the Privacy Commissioner oversees compliance with both the Privacy Act, which covers the personal information-handling practices of federal government departments and agencies, and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, Canada’s private sector privacy law. The mission of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is to protect and promote the privacy rights of individuals.

Jennifer Stoddart was previously President of the Commission d’accès à l’information du Québec (2000-2003), an organization responsible for both access to information and the protection of personal information. She also held several senior positions in public administration for the governments of Québec and Canada from 1982 to 2000, including at the Canadian and the Québec Human Rights Commissions.

Ms Stoddart has been active in the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, and has also lectured on history and legal sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal and McGill University. She is a member of the Québec Bar.

Ms Stoddart holds a bachelor of civil law degree from McGill University, a doctoral degree from the Université de Paris VII, a master of arts degree in history from the Université du Québec à Montréal, and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto’s Trinity College.

Posted December 16, 2010