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Denham: First Responders Bill Impedes Privacy

PRIVACY LAW

July 27, 2012

BC’s information and privacy commissioner says a law aimed at protecting first responders has a “serious impact on the privacy rights of individuals.” The Emergency Intervention and Disclosure Act allows paramedics to demand blood tests from accident victims in order to protect first responders from coming into contact with infected blood. But in a letter to Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government Margaret MacDiarmid, Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham says government “should only contemplate a privacy intrusion of this nature where there is a significant demonstrated need.”
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