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Opinion: Concerns Raised About ICM Project

PERSONAL PRIVACY

April 13, 2012

An editorial in The Victoria Times Colonist raises concerns about a new computer project that will aggregate data the BC government holds on citizens into one profile. The Integrated Case Management system, deployed by the Social Development Ministry, will combine data--including ages, addresses, birth dates and ID numbers--from various databases to create a "holistic view of each citizen," the report states, adding, "The privacy concerns are obvious." But, in response to the editorial, BC Minister of Social Development Victoria Stephanie Cadieux said, "The system takes only information that has been regularly collected for decades," and the BC privacy commissioner "has been involved at every stage of the development."
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