CAIR-CAN acknowledged for its contribution by Office of the Privacy Commissioner of CanadaFriday, December 24, 2010 8:07 am
Assalamualaikum / Peace Be With You
Dear CAIR-CAN Supporter,
The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), along with several academics and public figures, was recently acknowledged by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) for our contribution to the position paper A Matter of Trust: Integrating Privacy and Public Safety in the 21 Century released by the OPC.
Part of the mandate of the OPC is to raise public awareness on privacy issues and investigate complaints under the Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Canadaís private sector privacy law.
CAIR-CAN accepted the OPCís invitation to review the position paper in order to ensure that the concerns of Canadian Muslims were heard on key issues such as privacy and national security. CAIR-CAN is pleased to inform you of this step taken to balance the civil liberties and privacy rights of Canadians with important public safety objectives. CAIR-CANís involvement in this project reflects the core of our mandate, to provide a voice at the table for Canadian Muslims.
A Matter of Trust: Integrating Privacy and Public Safety in the 21 Century outlines the steps the OPC takes when providing recommendations to the government on how to integrate privacy protections with public safety and national security objectives. The document originated from consultations with various stakeholders including senior federal public servants, practitioners, academics and civil society groups.
Read the document in its entirety here.
CAIR-CAN was pleased to provide the OPC with a mainstream Canadian Muslim perspective on this important policy document. High profile cases like that of Maher Arar and Abousfian Abdelrazik underscore the ongoing need for clear guidelines to integrate privacy protections with public safety and national security.
We will continue such advocacy efforts to ensure that the concerns of Canadian Muslims on key national issues are heard and taken into consideration by government bodies. In order to do this, we rely on your continued support.
We appeal to you to give generously to CAIR-CAN so we can continue to provide a professional voice on important matters that affect our community.
Please donate generously today.
CAIR-CAN Executive Director