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Gov't Data Sharing "A General Concern"

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

October 13, 2010

The findings of the federal privacy commissioner's investigation into Veterans Affairs Canada's data handling have prompted concerns that other federal departments may be disseminating personal information about government critics, The Hill Times reports. Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart last week released investigation results indicating that Veterans Affairs contravened the Privacy Act in sharing a veteran's sensitive records with certain government officials. Stoddart told The Hill Times that the potential that other departments may be engaging in similar activities is "a general concern," but "At the present time, I have no indication that this is happening in other departments," Stoddart said.
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