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BC Legislation Proposes Sweeping Changes

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

October 5, 2011

Lawmakers in British Columbia have proposed legislation that would make "significant changes" to its Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, The Victoria Times Colonist reports. The proposed changes would allow the province to issue CareCard-driver's licenses with a microchip giving citizens access to government services such as electronic health records, voting and school registrations, according to the report. The legislation also includes an opt-out for citizens. One critic warned, "The whole idea of consenting to government services in exchange for your privacy is absurd on its face," while British Columbia Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said, "This is a step in the right direction, but I think there's still a lot of work to do."
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