The Canadian Privacy Law Blog: Developments in privacy law and writings of a Canadian privacy lawyer, containing information related to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (aka PIPEDA) and other Canadian and international laws.
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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Wednesday, October 04, 2006
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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