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Opinion: Don't Trade Privacy for Quick IDs

BIOMETRICS—CANADA

July 5, 2011

An editorial in the Victoria Times Colonist opines that while the desire to catch Vancouver rioters is understandable, Insurance Corp. of British Columbia (ICBC) sharing its database of images with police raises significant privacy issues. "None of the three million people in the ICBC database gave their consent for their images to be used in this way," the report states. And British Colombia Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has said that though the sharing is legal, she has concerns about using the photos for a purpose other than that for which they were collected. "Technology has outstripped our privacy regulations and laws. Until we catch up, ICBC and other organizations should be putting privacy first," the author writes.
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