Friday, July 23, 2004

Article: B.C. responds to U.S. Patriot Act with privacy plan

The Vancouver Province is reporting that the BC government will be responding to concerns about the impact of the PATRIOT Act on BC by introducing legislation:

The Province: B.C. responds to U.S. Patriot Act with privacy plan:

"VICTORIA -- The B.C. government is moving to introduce tough new privacy protection laws in response to the USA Patriot Act.

Attorney General Geoff Plant and Management Services Minister Joyce Murray outlined the plan Friday to B.C.'s Information and Privacy Commissioner.

Murray says the government is taking every step to have the strongest privacy legislation in Canada.

He says the laws would make sure no sensitive personal information will be sent to the U.S. on either a temporary or permanent basis.

It limits the application of the Act by ensuring that American affiliates and B.C. service providers do not have access to information supplied by a public body.

Plant calls the move a 'made-in-B.C.' solution and hopes other provinces will follow.

The U.S. government introduced the Patriot Act after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to give more power to law agencies like the FBI. "

I'll post more info as I find it. In the meantime, you can check out information about the BC Privacy Commissioner's consultations on this matter at his website:

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