Friday, October 29, 2004

BC Information and Privacy Commissioner releases his report: Patriot Act contravenes BC privacy laws

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of BC has released his report into the impact of the USA PATRIOT Act on the privacy of British Columbians. His report is available here and a summary is available here.

See below for media coverage:

U.S. Patriot Act can eyeball private Canadian records, says B.C. report
Canadian Press via Yahoo! News Fri, 29 Oct 2004 11:10 AM PDT
VICTORIA (CP) - The USA Patriot Act has the power to eyeball private information about Canadians despite attempts by governments in Canada to thwart probes by American authorities, says a report released Friday by British Columbia's privacy commissioner.

Patriot Act contravenes B.C. privacy laws: report
CBC British Columbia Fri, 29 Oct 2004 11:06 AM PDT
VICTORIA - B.C Privacy Commissioner David Loukidelis says the U.S. Patriot Act violates provincial privacy laws – and he wants the province to temporarily ban the transfer of personal information to the U.S.

Canada Study Sees Risk in U.S. Anti-Terrorism Law
Reuters via Yahoo! News Fri, 29 Oct 2004 11:31 AM PDT
A key U.S. anti-terrorism law threatens the privacy of Canadians and rigorous steps are needed to protect private medical and financial information, a government study said on Friday.

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