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Opinion: Politicians Would Be Smart to Take up Privacy

PRIVACY

June 11, 2010

The Regina Leader-Post columnist Murray Mandryk says politicians would be wise to champion privacy and that doing so may even work to their benefit. He says their constituents are more concerned about privacy than ever given today's online environment with its electronic health data and increasing instances of identity theft, among other concerns. "Championing the privacy file should be a no-brainer," wrote Mandryk in his column Wednesday. It's an idea that Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson agrees with. Dickson says privacy is usually a safe topic for politicians to champion given that the public is most often in conflict with third-party providers like schools, hospitals and police over privacy, the report states.
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