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BC Commissioner Seeks Budget Increase

DATA PROTECTION

November 18, 2011

BC Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham yesterday asked a committee of MLAs for a budget increase to account for new work that her office will take on in the coming year, The Victoria Times Colonist reports. Denham wants $490,000 to fund a new team that will handle the work associated with reviewing and writing rules on cross-ministry data sharing, the report states. Denham's office was tasked with this work under reforms to the provincial Privacy Act passed last month. "The reality is that these types of massive data-linking initiatives, if not done with proper regard for protection of privacy or robust independent oversight, is a privacy disaster in the making," Denham told the committee.
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