In our relationships with every part of government, with companies that provide the goods and services we use, and with other members of society in our personal and working lives, accessing information and controlling who has access to it plays an important role, promoting a range of different rights and interests. Information and Privacy Law in Canada explores how we can access information held by public bodies, what governments and other organizations can do with information about us, and how we can use the courts or other mechanisms to hold others accountable when they violate our privacy or misuse our personal information. It examines privacy as a multi-faceted concept that includes control over information about ourselves, but also protection of our identities, our personal space, and even our bodies from unwanted scrutiny and interference.
Information and privacy law is a broad and varied field that includes principles and remedies in the common law and civil law, as well as many federal, provincial, and territorial statutes and regulations. Increasingly, Canadian law in this field is influenced by developments in other parts of the world. Information and Privacy Law in Canada aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to this important and dynamic area of the law, which can help readers gain a concrete understanding of its main elements and serve as a foundation for further investigation.
About the author
Barbara von Tigerstrom is a professor in the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, where she has been a faculty member since 2005. She holds a PhD in law from the University of Cambridge, and previously worked at the Supreme Court of Canada, the University of Alberta, and the University of Canterbury. Her main areas of teaching and research are information and privacy law, health law, and tort law. She has received several awards for excellence in teaching and research, including the Canadian Association of Law Teachers Prize for Academic Excellence and the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Award.