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University Releases Donation Document

PRIVACY LAW

July 6, 2012

Following a yearlong battle, Carleton University has released information about a $15-million donation that created a graduate program. The Canadian Press had requested a copy of the donor agreement between the university and Calgary businessman Clayton Riddell, but the university cited invasion of privacy, third-party information and the school’s economic interests in its refusal to share the agreement, The Canadian Press reports. The university released the document last week with Riddell’s authorization. “I use the term ‘no profound objection’ purposefully as I know that you and the university will recognize the privacy issues involved here,” Riddell wrote, adding that he is erring on the side of transparency for the sake of the program.
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