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New Citizens’ Data Potentially Mishandled

PERSONAL PRIVACY—CANADA

February 7, 2012

In efforts to put together a televised citizenship ceremony, communications staff of Citizenship and Immigration Canada were provided lists of newly naturalized Canadians so they could seek participants to retake their oaths. The Canadian Press reports that some say this represents a breach of the Privacy Act because the government used the information for a purpose other than that for which it was obtained. The staffers who contacted the new citizens were not those who processed citizenship applications, and an access to information request by The Canadian Press turned up no record of discussions surrounding the legality of accessing the citizenship database.
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