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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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Saturday, October 09, 2004

Article: Subsidiary of US weapons manufacturer will help conduct Canada's 2006 census 

Expect a new round of concern about US Government access to Canadians' personal information after the announcement that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract to assist Statistics Canada with the 2006 census.

Yahoo! News - Subsidiary of US weapons manufacturer will help conduct Canada's 2006 census:

"Critics fear some census information could leak out and make its way into the hands of the U.S. government.

They point to the U.S. Patriot Act, which was enacted following the terrorist attacks of 2001. It allows the FBI (news - web sites) and other U.S. authorities access to information held by private American companies. There are concerns that power might extend to companies in Canada and other countries with headquarters in the United States.

'It's our understanding that it makes Canadian information vulnerable,' said Masse, who is the NDP's industry critic.


Statistics Canada says security concerns about the census are not valid.

'No private sector contractor will have access to completed census questionnaires,' said Arora.

That information, Arora added, will only be available to Statistics Canada employees who have signed confidentiality agreements. "

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