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BC Gives Tenants, Landlords Guidelines

DATA PROTECTION

October 15, 2010

The Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia has released privacy guidelines for landlords and tenants, Straight.com reports. The guide answers 38 frequently asked questions and is intended to help landlords and tenants understand their rights and responsibilities under the Personal Information Protection Act. The guide advises tenants to "avoid disclosing" their social insurance number to landlords. "It is not necessary for a landlord to request a tenant's SIN in order to complete a credit check," the guide states. "All that is required is the tenant's full name, date of birth and current address." Tenants also have the right to request to see what information their landlord has collected about them.   
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