Canadian Privacy Commissioner Releases Patriot Act Submission

The Canadian Privacy Commissioner has responded to the B.C. Commissioner’s call for comment on the implications of the Patriot Act on Canadian privacy. The Commissioner argues that if a foreign organization has a Canadian subsidiary that holds personal information about Canadians in Canada, an order by a foreign court cannot compel the disclosure of the information that is held in Canada. The Commissioner also says that companies in Canada that outsource information to the U.S. should notify its customers that the information may be available to the U.S. government under a lawful order made in that country.

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