Tuesday, August 10, 2004

USA Patriot Act and outsourcing

ITAC, the Information Technology Association of Canada, has entered the fray over the privacy risks of outsourcing Canadian services to US companies. The Globe and Mail has an article on the ITAC submission to the BC Privacy Commissioner:

U.S Patriot Act a 'red herring,' ITAC says

TORONTO, Aug. 6 — The Information Technology Association of Canada has called the U.S Patriot Act a "red herring" when it comes to concerns about privacy of Canadians.

In a a submission filed with the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, ITAC argued that outsourcing is a beneficial force for governments and their taxpayers and citizens. It also explains that the U.S. Patriot Act is not a logical vehicle to access Canadian personal information held by U.S.-linked outsourcing companies in the performance of Canadian outsourcing contracts....

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