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Government Information: The Right to Information and the Protection of Privacy in Canada, Second Edition (print + ProView)
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Government Information: The Right to Information and the Protection of Privacy in Canada by Kris Klein and Denis Kratchanov is the only publication of its kind dealing exclusively with access to information and privacy of personal information in the public sector in Canada. This is the second edition of Government Information. The first edition was written by Colin McNairn and Christopher Woodbury and was maintained by them, through updating releases, for the period from 1989 through 2008. Government Information sets out practice and procedure and answers questions such as • Who may request access to government information? • How should a request for access be made? • What records are and are not accessible and why? • How does one obtain his or her personal information from government? • What third party information is available and what rights exist to access it? • How are access disputes resolved? • What are the rules surrounding collection, use and destruction of personal information? Government Information canvasses both the federal and provincial laws in this regard. Furthermore, the text incorporates how privacy laws interact with the right of access and it provides a look into how these laws attempt to protect personal information in the public sector. The text contains the full text of all relevant federal and provincial statutes • tables of Concordance of Statutes for easy reference • and analysis of access and privacy issues relating to municipal information. This work is a "must have" for anyone who has occasion to bring or respond to a request for access to government information or who must deal with privacy concerns in relation to personal information collected or generated by a government institution. Carswell eReference Library™ is a virtual library that allows subscribers to access print looseleaf products whose contents have been made available in an online format. Subscribe to any eReference looseleaf and you get online access for an unlimited number of users at the same location. It's like getting unlimited copies for the price of one. In addition to being cost-effective, every eReference looseleaf offers the convenience of seamlessly integrated updates and the efficiency of searching and tracking features. Each title is available in two subscription options – print with online access or online access only. For more information visit
About the Author
Kris Klein is a Partner at nNovation LLP, a law firm specializing in privacy and information security as well as a range of other regulatory areas. Kris has more than a decade of experience in the federal regulatory arena, which he gained in both the public and private sectors in Canada. His is one of the country's leading experts on the application of the Access to Information Act, the Privacy Act, and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

Kris practiced law with a preeminent, national firm delivering integrated business law, litigation services, tax law, real property law, labour and employment law in Canada and globally. He also has a significant amount of litigation experience, working for the Federal Department of Justice, and has provided instrumental and crucial legal advice for the Privy Council Office.

Kris practiced exclusively in the area of privacy law for the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. In his capacity as litigation counsel, Kris advised the Commissioner and senior officials on legal, policy and strategic positions available in privacy matters, including the handling of high-profile and sensitive cases. In addition, he interacted, negotiated and settled complaints with private sector organizations facing complaints about privacy issues. Kris also represented the Commissioner and her office publicly, as a conference speaker, before Parliamentary committee and in interviews with the media.

Kris has broad public and private sector experience, working on projects that have required understanding, negotiating and monitoring technical compliance with privacy and security issues. He has a demonstrated understanding of technology, theories of anonymity (de-identification of data), authentication systems, health privacy issues. Kris teaches the Privacy Law course at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, and he has provided countless in-house training sessions to corporations and government departments.

Denis C. Kratchanov obtained his LL.L. (1984) and his D.E.S.D. (1992) from the University of Ottawa. He was called to the Québec Bar in 1985, and joined the Department of Justice of Canada in 1987. From 1991 to 2018, he provided legal and policy advice to federal government departments on access to information and privacy issues, appeared numerous times before Parliamentary Committees studying access and privacy questions, and shared his knowledge and insight at many events and conferences inside and outside government circles. Denis was also Director of the Department's Information Law and Privacy Section for fifteen years. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the provision of legal advice on the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act to most federal government institutions. His work on access to information and privacy has been published in the Canadian Bar Review, the Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice and the Uniform Law Conference of Canada. He was awarded by the Department of Justice the Outstanding Career Award, and the John Tait Award, which is presented by the Department of Justice to an employee who best exemplifies the highest standards of ethical, professional conduct and competence, and demonstrates values of service to the Canadian public and government in the discharge of his duties.