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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-14-06 05:20 PM
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Privacy czar probes possible leak of bank records
OTTAWA -- Canada's privacy watchdog has launched a full-fledged probe into whether the financial records of Canadians were improperly disclosed to U.S. authorities in the fight against terrorism.

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart announced Monday that she is investigating a global financial co-operative, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), as well as several Canadian banks.


She concluded there were "reasonable grounds" for a commissioner-initiated complaint against SWIFT to find out whether there has been any contravention of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, Canada's private-sector privacy law.

On Monday, commission spokeswoman Anne-Marie Hayden said: "We have sufficient real and substantial connecting factors to Canada."

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