Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Privacy violations common in access to information requests

The Privacy Commissioner is investigating a practice that is said to have been common under the former Liberal government: disclosing the identity of individuals making requests under the Access to Information Act. ATIP coordinators for government departments are put in a difficult position as they are bound to keep the identity of requestors confidential, but they have faced strong pressure to disclose this information to senior bureaucrats. See: Privacy violations common in access to information requests.

Update: Check out Speech: Study on issues related to the alledged disclosure of the names of Acess to Information applicants, Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, October 2, 2006 - Opening Statement by Wayne Watson,Director General of Investigation and Inquiries.

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