Balancing Access and Privacy in Archives: New Challenges in the Face of Canadian Privacy Legislation

McCarville, Jannah
August 2004
Feliciter;2004, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p149
The article discusses various types of laws that govern access to information, and the impact of such laws on archives. Increasing concerns over privacy protection have led to new legislation governing access to records that contain personal information. Archival records may be restricted if they contain confidential or sensitive personal information. In response to public concerns, various laws have been established at both the federal and provincial levels to ensure privacy protection. One such law is the privacy act, which requires some 150 federal government departments and agencies to place certain restrictions on the collection, use and disclosure of personal information relating to individuals. Federal and provincial laws designed to protect privacy have important implications for archives.


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