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Advocacy Group: Homeless Have Privacy Rights, Too

PERSONAL PRIVACY

May 3, 2013

The Vancouver Sun reports on the Lookout Society’s concern that a request from Frasier Health for homeless individuals’ names and other details violates the Privacy and Information Protection Act (PIPA). Frasier Health, which sponsors the Lookout Society’s transition house, says the request is within the scope of PIPA and the information is needed to monitor the progress of those living there. However, Lookout Executive Director Karen O’Shannacery says, “Sending all of this really personal information to government, which hasn’t got a really good track record of holding this information private, is not in the clients’ best interest.”
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