Overhaul of NS privacy law unlikely to happen this spring: Premier

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says his government is looking at overhauling the province's privacy law, but he says new legislation likely won't come during the newly opened spring sitting of the legislature.

McNeil made the comments a day after privacy commissioner Catherine Tully gave an impassioned plea on the need to modernize privacy legislation.

McNeil says Tully ``rightfully'' highlighted changes that are needed, but says her office won't be granted order making powers - something she is pushing for.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Houston says that's something be believes would significantly improve the law and he's waiting to see what the Liberals bring forward.

Reports by Tully and auditor general Michael Pickup released last month, that made scathing assessments of the response to a series of breaches of the province's Freedom-of-Information web portal in 2018.

The Internal Services Department released another report Thursday - an internal review conducted by Deloitte.

It presented 35 ways the department could improve in its response following a series of interviews with staff as part of a ``no fault discussion.''