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Op-Ed: BC Database Poses Privacy Risk

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

February 22, 2010

The provincial government's plans for a new database linking information gathered for income assistance, employment services, child welfare, family development, child mental health, youth justice and other purposes will put British Columbia residents' privacy at risk, a Times Colonist editorial asserts. Pointing to the project's objective of providing a "holistic view of each citizen," the editorial voices concern about giving government employees wider access to citizens' private information. "The dangers are obvious," the report states. "At a minimum, combining huge caches of personal information in one location invites theft...But there is a far more serious objection to this project. Whose interest is the government serving, when it sets out to develop a 'holistic view of each citizen?' It cannot be ours."
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