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Complaint Alleges FIPPA Violation

PRIVACY LAW

January 29, 2010

A staffer with Manitoba's opposition Progressive Conservatives (PC) has filed a privacy complaint with the provincial ombudsman, reports the Winnipeg Free Press. She charges that the NDP's finance ministry disclosed to the media a letter related to charges of an improper relationship between the government and Manitoba Hydro. The letter was distributed to the media without the permission of the recipient, allegedly in violation of Manitoba's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). "It's clearly illegal," said PC leader Hugh McFadyen. "It wasn't the NDP's right to make that decision to release it publicly."
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