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Clayton Has Concerns About Open Data Portal

PERSONAL PRIVACY

May 31, 2013

The Alberta government is offering increasing government transparency by giving the public access to provincial data through a new Open Data Portal. The portal includes data on everything from Albertans’ drinking habits to birth statistics, Beacon News reports. But critics, including Alberta Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton, are voicing concerns about individuals’ privacy. Clayton, who wasn’t consulted before it was unveiled, noted, “It’s a very good thing, but we do need to be mindful of those privacy considerations and make sure privacy is being built into the design. There could be some unforeseen consequences.”
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