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Privacy Concerns Persist over Data-Sharing Plan

DATA PROTECTION—CANADA

February 17, 2010

Privacy concerns are again being raised around British Columbia's Integrated Case Management computer system aimed at allowing housing and children's ministries staff to share information on more than 200,000 residents, the Times Colonist reports. Citing a 2008 recommendation by former Information and Privacy Commissioner David Loukidelis that such data-sharing plans not go forward without a public consultation, privacy advocates have asked Premier Gordon Campbell to review the project. "If you think about the kind of information government has about you, it's everything--your sexual history, drugs, health, family history and education," says BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association Executive Director Darrell Evans. "To put this together on an individual is like a massive dossier."
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