Gary Dickson was appointed Saskatchewan's information and privacy officer in November 2003.

Saskatchewan's information and privacy commissioner Gary Dickson has resigned, citing personal reasons.

Dickson said Friday in a news release he would step down at the end of the month.

First appointed to the position in 2003, Dickson was reappointed to another five-year term in April, 2009. 

During his time in the post, Dickson has been a strong advocate for more rigorous protection of personal medical data, and critical of lapses in the public sector.

He has also said the government needs to extend its privacy legislation to cover that sector.

Dickson said his resignation was "solely for personal reasons." He did not provide any details.