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Police Database Spurs Concerns

ONLINE PRIVACY

February 18, 2011

Alberta's new $65 million Talon database to allow law enforcement officials to share information is being met with concerns from trial lawyers and civil liberties groups alike who believe it has the potential to violate privacy rights, The Vancouver Sun reports. Officials are calling for the government to publicize the privacy impact assessment (PIA) for the database to reveal how data on the site will be protected. However, that is not a requirement of Canadian law. As a spokesman for the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner's Office noted, conducting and sharing a PIA for a database such as Talon is "discretionary," although some government ministries volunteer to make them public.
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