We concluded individuals should not be expected to shoulder the heaviest burden when it comes to deconstructing complex data flows in order to make informed decisions on whether or not to provide consent.Organizations must also be more transparent and accountable for their privacy practices.Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada30 Victoria Street Gatineau, QC K1A 1H3 © Her Majesty the Queen of Canada for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2017 Cat. IP51-1E-PDF ISSN: 1913-3367 Follow us on Twitter: @Privacy Privee Facebook: https:// Canada/ The Honourable George J.
This includes among other things, independent regulators, such as my Office, with appropriate powers and resources giving them a real capacity to guide industry, hold it accountable, inform citizens and meaningfully sanction inappropriate conduct.
With that preface, it is my pleasure to present my Office’s 2016-2017 Annual Report to Parliament.
Another concern is the fear of losing our privacy, and consequently our inherent right to live and develop as autonomous human beings.
Polls consistently show that an overwhelming majority of Canadians (more than 90%) are concerned about their privacy.
Consumers are befuddled by incomprehensible privacy policies, yet feel compelled to consent if they are to obtain the goods or services they desire.
Some group participants even said that with the information provided, they are “never” really able to give informed consent.
After many months analyzing the feedback, we are pleased to unveil our conclusions as part of this year’s annual report.
To begin, we heard how utterly powerless individuals feel in the digital marketplace when it comes to controlling how their personal information is collected and used by companies.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for individuals to fully comprehend, let alone control, how and for what purposes organizations collect, use and disclose their personal information.