Canadians fight for privacy

Friday, 4 February 2005, 12:51 PM EST

British Columbians are fighting to halt an outsourcing contract recently signed by their government that would place millions of their health records in the hands of a private American company.

Activists with the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association are concerned that the data could be susceptible to seizure by American law enforcement agencies if the data resides with a U.S.-based firm. They fear the information could be used for data-mining exercises, such as those that involved passenger records from JetBlue and other airlines. Or it could be passed to border patrol officials, who could use the information to prevent British Columbians with serious health issues, like AIDS, from entering the United States.

By Kim Zetter at Wired.

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