Sunday, June 26, 2005

Canadians Worried About Cross-Border Sharing of Personal Info

According to a phone survey by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and EKOS Research Associates, some 90% of respondents feel that governments and the private sector should obtain their permission before sharing their information with foreign (mainly U.S.) authorities.

62% felt they had less personal privacy now than they did 10 years ago. Only 1 in 5 respondents had a clear awareness of privacy laws.

Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddart declared last week: "There is a growing lack of confidence by Canadians in the protection of their personal information being transferred across borders and support for greater government oversight to better understand the full impact of the issue on their privacy rights. Governments need to be proactive in responding to this concern and at a minimum include appropriate provisions to protect Canadians' personal information in any outsourcing or contract arrangements with foreign governments or companies."

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 3:03 pm


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