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Fraser: FIPPA Changes Unnecessary, Gov't Needs CPO

PRIVACY LAW

April 2, 2010

BC's acting privacy commissioner says that the government's proposed changes to the provincial privacy law are unnecessary, The Tyee reports. Acting Privacy Commissioner Paul Fraser told a committee that is reviewing the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) that it is already working in the ways the government wants, but a "lack of training and understanding" exists. The government told the same committee last week that it needs new powers to collect citizens' information and share it across government agencies using the forthcoming Integrated Case Management database. Fraser said that instead of rewriting the rules, the government should appoint a chief privacy officer to help interpret and communicate the existing rules.
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