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New BC Gov't Powers Raise Privacy Concerns

PRIVACY LAW

March 26, 2010

In a move that is raising concerns about privacy implications, the British Columbia government presented an 88-page submission seeking expansion of its powers to collect and share citizens' private information to a special committee reviewing the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act this week. The Tyee reports that the provincial government has not only proposed the collection of personal information without consent, but also the storage of such information outside of Canada. "It's the scope of the thing," said Vincent Gogolek of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Association. "They really are looking to change the basis of the act to remove people's control over their own information...This is stuff you don't want bouncing around all over the place."
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