Annual Report to Parliament 2011-2012
Privacy Act


The Privacy Act (PA) was proclaimed into force on July 1, 1983.

The PA extends to individuals the right of access to information about themselves held by the Government, subject to specific and limited exceptions. The PA also protects individuals' privacy by preventing others from having access to their personal information and gives individuals substantial control over its collection, use and disclosure by the federal government.

Section 72 of the PA requires that the head of every government institution prepare for submission to Parliament an annual report on the administration of the PA within the institution during each financial year.

This is the twenty-ninth (29th) Annual Report on the administration of the PA within the Department of Justice. It is intended to describe how the Department administered its responsibilities for the fiscal year 2011-2012.

The organizational chart of the Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Office may be found in Appendix A.

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