Saskatchewan’s Information and Privacy Commissioner says there needs to be more security within government to safeguard digital information.
Ronald Kruzeniski says it’s important information collected from residents of Saskatchewan is protected.
While releasing his 2016-2017 annual report, Kruzeniski identified a number of issues faced when navigating a digital world.
In particular, a recent call by the Saskatchewan NDP — which called on the provincial government to release emails housed on a private server at the Sask. Party office.
“There is nothing wrong or or illegal about an elected official having a private server,” Kruzenisky said. “Is that the best practise? I would say no.”
In his report — “Navigating in a Digital World” — Kruzeniski recommends the government of Saskatchewan propose a stand-alone Act to securely protect data.
Kruzenisky says the NDP request should be a reminder for every level of government to protect its data.
“Certainly, our recommendation is best-practice,” Kruzenisky said. “This, to the premier, the ministers, to any elected officials. At the early stages, segregate your work.”
In a release, a government spokesperson says the Ministry of Justice, specifically, is working on modernizing The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, incorporating input from the Commissioner.
The spokesperson adds branches of the government have worked with the Commissioner’s staff on several initiatives mentioned in his report, and there will be ongoing discussions regarding outstanding recommendations.