remedies to invasions of privacy exist within the
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Since the
concept privacy is so broad and complex, Provincial
governments are beginning to consider following the
lead of the province of Quebec in establishing its
own Privacy Acts. Legislators in New Brunswick are
working on Bill 23 - The Privacy Act because New Brunswickers
have been requesting further protections and guidelines
regarding intrusions into personal space. It may be
that we seek this protection because of the enhanced
technological capacities used to acquire information
about us. But, in considering such an Act, legislators
recognize that privacy issues appear in several realms.
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Rights
of Persons With Disabilities assists us to understand
the scope of privacy issues:
Privacy: Where Do We Draw the Line?
Everyone is entitled to expect and enjoy:
· physical privacy;
· privacy of personal information;
· freedom from surveillance;
· privacy of personal communications;
· privacy of personal space.
Source: NB Dept.
A Commentary on the Privacy Act