Another concern is the fear of losing our privacy, and consequently our inherent right to live and develop as autonomous human beings.
Polls consistently show that an overwhelming majority of Canadians (more than 90%) are concerned about their privacy.
According to our latest public opinion poll released in January, 92 per cent of Canadians expressed concern about the protection of their privacy and a clear majority (57%) were very concerned. Something must change or we run the risk that Canadians will lose trust in the digital economy, thus hindering its growth and they may not enjoy all the benefits afforded by innovation.
More fundamentally, it is quite unhealthy in a democracy when most citizens fear one of their basic rights is routinely not respected.
Consumers are befuddled by incomprehensible privacy policies, yet feel compelled to consent if they are to obtain the goods or services they desire.
For this reason, my Office published a discussion paper in May 2016 exploring the practicability of the current consent model under , whether it needs to change and who should be responsible for which changes—organizations, individuals, regulators or legislators.This includes among other things, independent regulators, such as my Office, with appropriate powers and resources giving them a real capacity to guide industry, hold it accountable, inform citizens and meaningfully sanction inappropriate conduct.With that preface, it is my pleasure to present my Office’s 2016-2017 Annual Report to Parliament.Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada30 Victoria Street Gatineau, QC K1A 1H3 © Her Majesty the Queen of Canada for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 2017 Cat. IP51-1E-PDF ISSN: 1913-3367 Follow us on Twitter: @Privacy Privee Facebook: https:// Canada/ The Honourable George J.Furey, Senator Speaker of the Senate The Senate Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A4 September 2017 Dear Mr. The Speaker The House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 September 2017 Dear Mr.