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Government Refuses to Release Contract

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

January 12, 2011

Despite an order to do so by the provincial privacy commissioner, the BC government has refused to hand over the full, unedited copy of its $300 million contract with IBM to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA), the Times Colonist reports. An adjudicator had decided last November that the government must turn over the contract, as well. A spokeswoman for the Citizens' Services Ministry said it has turned over almost all of the 535-page contract, withholding only server names and network addresses to protect against hackers. "They are out there and they are smart," Citizens' Services Minister Mary MacNeil said. "In the end, security is paramount."
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