Opinion: Police Database Could Be Abused
DATA PROTECTIONFebruary 25, 2011
An editorial in The Calgary Herald calls for more public input and more oversight over a police database that is now the subject of an Alberta privacy commission privacy impact assessment. Built over the last five years, The Alberta Law Officers' Network (TALON) contains more information than the existing Canadian Police Information Centre, including "everything from 911 calls to speeding tickets," the report states. Civil liberties advocates have raised concerns about privacy implications and the potential for the database to be misused. "Giving increased powers to police must be done cautiously and with more than simply vague assurances that proper checks and balances are in place," the Herald states.