Data Privacy Day 2020

Data Privacy Day or Data Protection Day is recognized on January 28 by provinces and territories across Canada and countries around the world. It is an internationally recognized day dedicated to creating awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. The celebration of Data Privacy Day also underlines the importance of protecting personal information.

The Facts about Facial Recognition

What is Facial Recognition?
Facial recognition is the process by which a person can be identified or otherwise recognized from a digital image. Facial recognition is one form of biometric identification; others include fingerprints, voice recognition and retinal scans.

Facial recognition is based on unique, measureable characteristics that can be used to verify or recognize identity. When using facial recognition software, the computer takes a picture of an individual and creates a unique numeric representation for the face. This is then compared to a database of facial images, such as a driver’s licence database, in an attempt to identify the individual.

Our office’s mandate has now changed

NOTICE: 2019 amendments to New Brunswick legislation transferred the responsibility for the access and privacy mandates from the Office of the Integrity Commissioner to the Office of the Ombud for New Brunswick.

Ombud calls for reduction of services at province’s mental health centre following investigation into allegations of patient mistreatment and inadequate care

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  FAILURE TO PROTECT (PDF - 683 KB)

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Feb. 7, 2019

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Ombud Charles Murray today released findings of his office’s probe into complaints of mistreatment of patients at the Restigouche Hospital Centre in Campbellton, caused in part by chronic understaffing.

The investigation was initiated in 2017 when Murray received an anonymous letter alleging incidents of violence against patients, negligence, and the use of restraints and force by front line staff at the facility. In one case, referred to in the report, the lack of regular assessments and detailed care plans for patients is cited as a possible contributing factor in the premature death of a patient.

Ombud to release report

Event: Fredericton: 07 February 2019, 12:30 PM

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ombud Charles Murray will release a report entitled Failure to Protect to members of the Procedure, Privileges and Legislative Officers committee at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday Feb 7, 2019, in the committee room of the legislative assembly, 706 Queen St., Fredericton.

The report focuses on the office’s probe into the delivery of care at a health care institution.

Following the release of the report at 2:00 p.m., Ombud Murray will hold a news conference at Edgecombe House, 736 King Street, Fredericton.

Charles Murray, Ombud, 506-453-2789.

The Ombud will appear before the Standing Committee on Procedure, Privileges and Legislative Officers at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2019 to present a Report entitled Failure to Protect.  The Standing Committee meeting is open to the public and will be conducted in the Council Chamber of the Legislative Assembly. There will also be an audio broadcast of the proceedings which will be available online at:

https://www1.gnb.ca/legis/webcasts/live-e.asp?stream=floor

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