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BC OIPC Rules on Agency Breach

PRIVACY LAW

September 10, 2010

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia has upheld the complaint of a man who claimed he was wronged by a government agency. According to an OIPC press release, the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development "breached its duty under section 28 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act." The act requires public and private-sector bodies to take all reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy of individuals' personal information. BC Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the decision "drives home...the significance of ensuring personal information is accurate before it is used in a decision that affects someone."
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