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Commissioner: Deleting Data Breaks Law

INFORMATION ACCESS

November 25, 2011

The Canadian Press reports that Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault has told a Commons committee that a bill introduced last month to cease the registration of long guns and delete more than seven million records in the federal long-gun registry "would set a bad precedent for the destruction of government records" and violate the Library and Archives of Canada Act. Also speaking before the committee, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart "urged caution in destroying the data, pointing to regulations that require institutions to keep records for at least two years," the report states. 
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