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    Times Colonist (Canada): Privacy watchdog slams four B.C. bills

    The Times Colonist reports on controversy in British Columbia, Canada, concerning pending legislation and personal privacy:

    B.C.’s privacy watchdog is demanding the government change four pieces of legislation – and in one case scrap a bill altogether – because of concerns over personal privacy and government transparency.

    Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has sent four critical letters to provincial ministers this month – the most recent on Friday afternoon – chastising them for a host of problems in their bills. […]

    Denham has asked the government to withdraw its Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act, which would let emergency workers get court orders to compel blood samples from people in high-risk situations.┬áThe legislation doesn’t strike the right balance, Denham wrote, and infringes upon a person’s liberties by forcing them give blood samples, potentially against their will.

    “Removing an individual’s right to control their bodily integrity is the most intrusive form of privacy infringement,” the commissioner said in a May 3 letter.

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