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Stoddart’s Annual Report Raises Surveillance, Disposal Concerns

SURVEILLANCE

October 5, 2012

A proposal set forth by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and House of Commons to more than double the number of video cameras on Parliament Hill has raised concerns from federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, The Canadian Press reports. “We were concerned about the scope of the project and its potential impact on the privacy rights of parliamentarians, parliamentary staff, guests and visitors to Parliament Hill,” Stoddart’s annual report states. “According to the preliminary (privacy impact assessment), a deliberate decision was made to not post signs notifying individuals of video surveillance on Parliament Hill.” Meanwhile, Stoddart’s report has also raised concerns about the way Veterans Affairs disposes of documents containing sensitive personal information.
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