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BC Commissioner Releases Annual Report

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

July 23, 2012

In her annual report, BC Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham says information and privacy law is being undermined by the provincial government, reports The Victoria Times Colonist. Recently enacted legislation has eroded 20-year-old laws on privacy, Denham said, adding she is “very concerned.” Four bills that changed rules on animal health, ferries, emergency disclosure and PharmaCare worked their way “quickly through the legislature, and we had very little time to get our message to the ministries during confidential consultation; we are really concerned about that,” Denham said, adding this indicates perhaps “a lack of understanding throughout government in the principles and the legal basis of freedom of information and protection of privacy.”
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