The primary purpose of freedom of information and protection of privacy laws in the provinces is to provide a right of access to information under the control of public  institutions, under the premise of open government.

These laws also set out the obligations on government bodies to protect the personal information of individuals that is held by the government and the right of citizens to access such information about themselves.

Nova Scotia has also enacted An Act to Protection the Personal Information of Nova Scotians from Disclosure Outside Canada which was specifically designed to protect Nova Scotia’s citizens from having their personal information accessed by foreign governments.

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