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Commissioner Launches NDP Investigation

SOCIAL NETWORKING—CANADA

March 7, 2011

BC Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has launched an investigation to determine whether the New Democratic Party is violating privacy laws by requiring leadership candidates to supply passwords to their social networking sites, the Canadian Press reports. Since such profiles are a combination of public and private information, "At first blush, I think the idea of a political candidate having their full social media profiles examined and vetted appears to be problematic from a privacy perspective," Denham said. She said the law limits information that private entities can collect to that which is "reasonable, relevant, accurate and effective for whatever purpose it's being collected," the report states.
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