Annual Report to Parliament 2016-2017
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 the collection, use, and disclosure by the federal government of such information.

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 thirty-fourth Annual Report on the Administration of the PA is prepared in accordance with section 72 of the Act. It is intended to describe how the Department of Justice administered its responsibilities during fiscal year 2016-17.

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