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Dickson Tells Telco To Minimize Data Collection

PRIVACY LAW

September 14, 2012

Saskatchewan Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson has told SaskTel to stop collecting health card and social insurance numbers and other unique identifiers from its customers, CBC News reports. Dickson’s recommendations are part of a 58-page report on the company’s data collection practices. SaskTel has said it will improve its customer privacy but says it needs at least two forms of identification to establish credit-worthiness. Dickson said the company is “doing some very positive things” but “efforts are falling short in terms of compliance,” adding, “This is in part due to its apparent desire to collect as much personal information on its customers and associated third parties as possible contrary to the data minimization principle.”
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