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Canadian Civil Liberties Association: Police Checks Violate Privacy

PERSONAL PRIVACY

September 21, 2012

A new report by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) says police are releasing noncriminal information in routine police checks in violation of citizens’ privacy rights, CBC News reports. The report claims police run approximately 160,000 background checks each year containing information about convictions, charges and contact with police that “were either withdrawn or did not involve criminal activity,” the report states. The CCLA says such practices are unacceptable, adding there is “an urgent need for greater fairness and clarity in the police background check process.”
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