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Commissioner Takes Prison Agency to Court

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

August 1, 2011

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) is taking the federal agency responsible for the country's prison system to court for allegedly violating the Privacy Act, the National Post reports. Stoddart says that on two occasions the Correctional Service of Canada has not appropriately responded to requests to provide inmates with the personal information the prison system keeps about them. The Privacy Act requires government agencies to provide personal information within 30 days of a request. The OPC's communications director, Anne-Marie Hayden, says, "In both complaints, our investigators found that the Correctional Service of Canada had failed to give complainants timely access to their personal information."  
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