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Cavoukian Speaking Out on “Oral Government”

INFORMATION ACCESS

June 7, 2013

According to the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA), Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian has issued a report calling for a required “duty to document,” stating that there is a “culture of avoiding the creation of written documentation” growing in government. Cavoukian’s report backs up a similar report from BC Commissioner Elizabeth Denham issued earlier in the year. FIPA’s Executive Director Vincent Gogolek said, “If we have any hope of holding government to account, public officials must be required to make and keep records of what they are doing.” Cavoukian has given the Ontario government a September deadline for a report on its progress.
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