Jill Clayton was appointed Alberta’s Information and Privacy Commissioner in 2012, and re-appointed to a second five-year term in 2017.
Jill worked as a privacy consultant in the health care, oil and gas, telecommunications and non-profit sectors before joining the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner in 2004. As Director and then Assistant Commissioner, Jill was primarily responsible for oversight of the Personal Information Protection Act, Alberta’s private sector privacy law. In particular, she developed the office’s procedures and decision making processes for mandatory breach reporting and notification in the private sector, which came into force in 2010.
As Commissioner, Jill has a dual mandate involving access to information and privacy rights and responsibilities.
On the access to information side, Jill has focused on reducing delays in access to information responses, advocating for a culture that supports transparency as a cornerstone to a strong democracy, and ensuring that effective records management programs are in place to support the proper functioning of Alberta's access to information laws.
On the privacy side, Jill has focused on prioritizing and promoting accountability in data governance, transparency through privacy breach notification, promoting knowledge about privacy rights in Alberta's education system, and, more recently, ethical assessments in tech innovations that involve the collection, use or disclosure of personal or health information.
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