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WATCH: Gas plant scandal pops up in privacy commissioner's annual report
One recommendation based on the document retention
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The gas plant scandal is the motivation behind one of the four recommendations in the privacy commissioner's annual report.

Ann Cavoukian wants what she calls insufficient records retention to become a punishable offence, after she found that staff in the premier's office deleted emails related to the scandal.

As for punishment, she wouldn't say how far that should go. However, she muses when staff are involved the skies the limit, anywhere from a fine to suspension to even losing their job.

Cavoukian says the gas plant scandal - and then deletion of emails surrounding it - was almost personally offensive to taxpayers since it was their money being spent.  She wants retaining records to be part of a transparency mantra around the legislature.

She says stronger consequences for not keeping records would deter people from getting rid of them.

Aside from this recommendation, Cavoukian wants privacy laws updated, public access to municipal councillor records and more transparency after government contracts have been finalized.

After 17 years as privacy commissioner, this is Cavoukian's last report. She has accepted a job at Ryerson.

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The gas plant scandal is the motivation behind one of the four recommendations in the privacy commissioner's annual report.

Ann Cavoukian wants what she calls insufficient records retention to become a punishable offence, after she found that staff in the premier's office deleted emails related to the scandal.

As for punishment, she wouldn't say how far that should go. However, she muses when staff are involved the skies the limit, anywhere from a fine to suspension to even losing their job.

Cavoukian says the gas plant scandal - and then deletion of emails surrounding it - was almost personally offensive to taxpayers since it was their money being spent.  She wants retaining records to be part of a transparency mantra around the legislature.

She says stronger consequences for not keeping records would deter people from getting rid of them.

Aside from this recommendation, Cavoukian wants privacy laws updated, public access to municipal councillor records and more transparency after government contracts have been finalized.

After 17 years as privacy commissioner, this is Cavoukian's last report. She has accepted a job at Ryerson.

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