Alberta names Diane McLeod as new privacy commissioner

Appointee has been the Yukon ombudsman and information and privacy commissioner since 2013

Alberta names Diane McLeod as new privacy commissioner

Alberta’s Minister of Service Alberta Nate Glubish recently announced that Diane McLeod has been appointed as the new information and privacy commissioner.

McLeod will replace Jill Clayton and take office on August 1 for a five-year term. In her new role, she will lead the independent review and resolution of decisions made by public bodies, health custodians, and organizations in response to access to information requests under the three provincial access and privacy laws: the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Health Information Act, and the Personal Information Protection Act.

“I look forward to working with Ms. McLeod on the important topics of access to information and the protection of Albertans’ privacy,” Glubish said. “I want to thank Jill Clayton for her many years of dedicated service to Albertans as information and privacy commissioner and for staying on until Ms. McLeod begins.”

McLeod has been the Yukon ombudsman and information and privacy commissioner since 2013. Prior to her time in Yukon, she worked as the director of the Personal Information Protection Act for the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta.

McLeod previously managed the legal services, information and privacy division of the Calgary Health Region. She also served as a privacy and security consultant for British Columbia in 2004.

She earned her law degree from the University of Victoria in 2009 and was admitted to the BC bar in 2010.

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