Hi everyone,

Sorry for the cross-posting, re. below, some of you may be following this.
It has implications for all library environments.

The question arises: who is managing your databases
and what are the implications of that in the context of the US Patriot Act?

Our political masters will probably not want to touch this with a ten foot

If it hasnąt, CLA will need to provide leadership on this.


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Subject: [CPI-UA] USA Patriot Act comes under fire in B.C. Information &
Privacy Commissioner report

Privacy and the USA Patriot Act : Implications for British Columbia public
sector outsourcing
Last Updated Sat, 30 Oct 2004 16:09:12 EDT
 VICTORIA - The USA Patriot Act violates British Columbia's privacy laws
because it can order American companies to hand over information on British
Columbians in secret, B.C. Privacy Commissioner David Loukidelis said
* INDEPTH: Privacy <>
In a report on the privacy implications of the Patriot Act, Loukidelis notes
that once information is sent across borders, it's difficult, if not
impossible, to control. The 151-page report states that under the Patriot
Act, the U.S. government can demand access to a wide range of personal and
confidential information about Canadians from U.S. financial institutions,
phone companies and internet providers. "It is never possible to guarantee
perfect protection of information. Regardless, our report concludes that
measures can and should be put in place that meaningfully guard against
access by the USA Patriot Act," said Loukidelis. One important
recommendation is to have Ottawa and the provinces pass legislation that
will "prohibit personal information from being stored or sent outside
Canada." Loukidelis would also like to make it illegal for Canadian
subsidiaries of U.S. firms to turn over information to a U.S. agency without
a Canadian court order. Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Ontario employ
U.S.–based companies to manage provincial government databases. The B.C.
government has contracted out some business to one U.S. firm and wants to
use another American company to operate the province's Medical Services
Plan. CIBC credit card holders in Canada sign an agreement that allows
personal information about them to be viewed by U.S. authorities, the report
said. The privacy commissioner began his investigation earlier this year
after concerns were raised about the effect of the Patriot Act on the
privacy rights of British Columbians. This month the B.C. government passed
a law to prevent the U.S. from examining information on British Columbians
that is in the possession of private U.S. companies. Those that break that
law risk fines from $2,000 for individuals and $500,000 for corporations.
The Patriot Act was enacted following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11,
2001. It allows the U.S. government to review information on private and
public businesses in an effort to hunt down terrorists.
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