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Commissioners' Reports Call for Law Updates

DATA PROTECTION—CANADA

July 1, 2010

Releasing their offices' annual reports yesterday, two commissioners are calling for changes to their provinces' privacy laws. Saskatchewan Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson's report says privacy laws need updating to protect citizens, particularly in an age of electronic health records, the CBC reports. Dickson pointed to privacy breaches at two health regions that did not terminate the employees responsible. For privacy to be respected, those who breach it must be held accountable, Dickson said. Meanwhile, acting BC Information and Privacy Commissioner Paul Fraser's annual report highlights concerns over the growth of databases. Fraser said of a recent database breach investigation, "too many staff had access to too much personal information."
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