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BC Gov't Alters Animal Health Act, Privacy Remains a Concern

PRIVACY LAW

June 1, 2012

The British Columbia provincial government has clarified a provision in the Animal Health Act but has not implemented BC Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham's privacy recommendations, The Victoria Times Colonist reports. In an opinion column, Mark Hume writes that the bill will impose silence on public officials if there is an animal disease outbreak and will ultimately "undermine public confidence." Meanwhile, hunters and anglers in Ontario are concerned that the outsourcing of the provinces' electronic licencing program to a U.S.-based company will allow the U.S. Department of Homeland Security access to their personal information. Ontario's office of the information and privacy commissioner is looking into the issue.
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