Elizabeth Denham

Information and Privacy Commissioner
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of B.C.

Commissioner Elizabeth Denham was appointed information and privacy commissioner for BC in May 2010.

Promoting privacy rights is Commissioner Denham’s top priority. She has led investigations into several high-profile privacy breaches and has completed systemic reviews that examine the impact of new and emerging technologies on privacy.

Denham has led the BC office to take a proactive approach to the enforcement of access and privacy laws. A newly-created policy and technology team conducts systemic investigations and monitors the latest developments in access and privacy.

Denham is known for spearheading collaborative projects with her federal and provincial colleagues, including Canada’s latest guidance called Getting Accountability Right through Privacy Management Program,” which she co-authored. The document has received international attention for its innovative and practical approach to privacy management in the private sector.

Prior to her appointment in BC, Denham served as assistant privacy commissioner of Canada (2007–2010) and director, private sector, for the Office of the Information and privacy commissioner of Alberta (2003–2007). 

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