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Commissioner Cutting Services Due to Funding Woes

PRIVACY—CANADA

February 23, 2010

The Saskatchewan privacy commissioner's office will be cutting back on its services due to limited staffing, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson said increased demand for services has surpassed the current staffing levels, and with the Board of Internal Economy's denial of a request for $129,000 in funding, the result will be more "waits and delays" for Saskatchewan's residents. With the number of reviews and complaints now up 113 percent, Dickson said, "We just cannot possibly...respond to that demand in any kind of reasonable timeframe." The office's three investigators are currently managing a caseload of 376 files, and some residents have been waiting years for resolution.
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