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The author of this blog, David T.S. Fraser, is a Canadian privacy lawyer who practices with the firm of McInnes Cooper. He is the author of the Physicians' Privacy Manual. He has a national and international practice advising corporations and individuals on matters related to Canadian privacy laws.

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Monday, May 03, 2004

Article: Audit finds sensitive information about Canadians improperly handled by RCMP 

From the Canadian Press wire:

Yahoo! News - Audit finds sensitive information about Canadians improperly handled by RCMP:

"Audit finds sensitive information about Canadians improperly handled by RCMP

Sun May 2, 3:36 PM ET

OTTAWA (CP) - Sensitive tax and customs files shared with RCMP investigators could go astray due to lax procedures within the national police force, an internal audit reveals.

Auditors found widespread confusion over the classification of documents, an outdated list of RCMP personnel with security clearances and ignorance of rules for handling information from customs and revenue officials.

The February audit report, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, points to heightened public fears about such personal information falling into the wrong hands.

'The issue of privacy rights and the use and exchange of information collected by the federal government has received much attention over the last few years,' says the report. "

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