Stoddart: Some Gun Registry Data Sharing Allowed
PRIVACY LAW—CANADANovember 2, 2011
Despite the New Democratic Party's (NDP) claims that the long-gun registry violates privacy laws, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said nothing in the Privacy Act prevents the federal government from sharing personal information via the Canada Firearms Registry with provincial governments, the Toronto Star reports. "In appropriate circumstances, an information-sharing agreement or arrangement put in place for the purpose of administering or enforcing any law could assist to ensure any transfer of personal data was in conformity with the Privacy Act," Stoddart wrote in a letter to the NDP. Quebec had requested the data to start up its own registry, but the government would not allow it.