Yukon gov't vows privacy not at risk after commissioner raises concerns
Privacy commissioner said she's worried about government departments sharing citizens' personal information
The territorial government is not intent on centralizing Yukoners' personal information in the interest of convenience, according to David Downing, the director of corporate information management.
"Absolutely, without reservation that is not under consideration, in any way, shape or form, that that would be the case. There will be no massive centralised database in the Yukon government," said Downing.
Concerns were raised by the Yukon's information and privacy commissioner, Diane McLeod-McKay, in her response to a government review of the existing Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
McLeod-McKay said those barriers help protect Yukoners' rights and that no one person should have access to all of the personal information held by the government.
Downing said the privacy principles in the current act will not be changed, but he said modernization is needed to incorporate digital technology.
He added the government is constantly improving its privacy safeguards.
"Protection of information is built-in always, always, always," he said. "And it is one of our highest concerns."
Downing said the Highways and Public Works department is now looking at its own analysis as well as information collected from people outside the government and will then write recommendations for changes to the act.
Those recommendations will then go out for consultation before new legislation is introduced, he said.