The province has announced that over the next 18 months, it will be strengthening privacy protections for Albertans, including a proposal to amend Alberta’s privacy legislation that will ensure that the penalties for misusing the data of Albertans or violating their privacy are the strongest in Canada.

The Ministry of Technology and Innovation will also create a portal to ensure Albertans can see how their data is being used and provide an avenue for people to file a complaint if they feel their data has been misused.

"Every service we provide, every technology we build, every tool we deploy to modernize government systems and services will adhere to the principles in these frameworks. The privacy of Albertans is non-negotiable, and come hell or high water, I’m here to protect it," said Nate Glubish, Minister of Technology and Innovation.

According to the government, the new Data Ethics and Privacy Management frameworks focus on managing and using data ethically throughout the government and protecting Albertans’ personal information.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta reviewed and provided feedback on the frameworks and said that it supports both initiatives.

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