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Denham Calls for Amendment To Law; Ring Voices Concerns

INFORMATION ACCESS

December 6, 2013

Citing concerns that public entities are not doing enough to raise awareness of possible health, safety and environmental concerns, BC Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is recommending the government amend the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Times Colonist reports. In a report released this week, Denham raises concerns that public bodies are not aware of or trained in their duty to inform residents of potential dangers. Separately, the CEO of a health research firm is cautioning that privacy concerns in BC limit researcher access to data for healthcare innovations. And in Newfoundland and Labrador, Information and Privacy Commissioner Ed Ring is concerned the province’s premier’s office “improperly withheld” documents related to search and rescue efforts.
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