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Stoddart Finds Monitoring Went Too Far

PRIVACY LAW

May 31, 2013

The Canadian Press reports that Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has determined two government departments “went too far in their monitoring of a First Nations children’s advocate and her personal Facebook page” in her review of a complaint from activist Cindy Blackstock. “The commissioner found that Aboriginal Affairs and the Department of Justice seemed to violate the spirit of the Privacy Act when they compiled reams of information from Blackstock’s personal Facebook page,” the report states. Stoddart noted, “The lack of transparency surrounding the collection of personal information by the respondents from the complainant’s Facebook page would seem to violate the spirit, if not the letter of the act.”
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