Critics say new B.C. privacy laws put data at risk - British Columbia - CBC News
Program would permit sharing amongst ministries
The amendments to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act would make a number of changes.
The province says the proposed legislation would let ministries share information when government programs involve more than one department. It would:
- Permit use of so-called data linking to combine existing databases, such as for research.
- Allow the government to create a proposed secure ID that would combine driver's licences and health-care cards.
- Pave the way to offering more services over the Internet, such as access to health records or voting.
- It would also require ministries to proactively release more government records, which Premier Christy Clark has already ordered them to do.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Critics pan portions of proposed amendments to BC's public sector privacy law
Some critics have come out swinging over the proposed new amendments to BC's public sector privacy law: