Canada and the USA PATRIOT Act

The Information & Privacy Commissioner for the Province of British Columbia, Canada, has just published an extensive report titled "Privacy and the USA Patriot Act - Implications for British Columbia Public Sector Outsourcing."

It's an interesting trend. It's one thing for countries to complain about U.S. counterterrorism policies, but it's quite another for countries to reduce their commerce with the U.S. The latter will get noticed in Washington far quicker than the former.

Posted on December 10, 2004 at 8:48 AM • 2 Comments


Jeff PettorinoDecember 10, 2004 10:01 AM

Well, that's good to hear. Hit them (us) where it hurts. It is disconcerting to think that other countries whom we consider 'friendly' in the very least, if not 'allies', are limiting trade with us due to our *explicative* laws.

JohnDecember 10, 2004 10:25 PM

There is also an internal political question in British Columbia regarding this, specifically concerns raised about outsourcing jobs in the course of outsourcing working on the data.

That being said, IMHO Canada's regulatory framework does provide a much better overall level of privacy protection than does the sectoral approach of the U.S.

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