Privacy & the USA Patriot Act – Implications for British Columbia Public Sector Outsourcing

Earlier this year the Information and Privacy Commissioner invited submissions on two questions relating to possible implications of the USA Patriot Act for outsourcing of public services by public bodies in British Columbia…

On October 29, 2004, the Information and Privacy Commissioner released the OIPC’s resulting report, which:

• Discusses the meaning and importance of privacy and laws protecting privacy
• Examines the increasingly seamless world of electronic information flows and the implications for our privacy
• Assesses trends in state surveillance for national security and law enforcement purposes and the implications for privacy
• Looks at anti-terrorism laws in the United States and Canada
• Analyses how privacy is constitutionally protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
• Assesses the potential for the use of the USA Patriot Act in Canada
States conclusions and makes sixteen comprehensive recommendations to the British Columbia government and government of Canada

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