— Marvin Van Horn (@FATCA_Fallout) April 19, 2014
Just_Me tweeted this today and it brings to mind some of the concerns arising out of the beginning of the end of any kind of privacy as we know it whether it be financial, medical or just plain personal. This article also reminded me of some of Abby Deshman’s points at the Pathways2Privacy Symposium which some Brockers attended on March 20-21 in Toronto. I was shocked to find out that the police keep a file on each and every type of contact made with the public. Examples are making 911 calls, criminal convictions, acquittals, stay-of-proceedings, not-criminally responsible verdicts, suspects never charged and even casual police contact. I was even more shocked to hear that there is almost no privay protection for this information and that the police routinely release such information on demand for servicing or on demand by the community. (!) In addition, there is a growing industry in Canada and the US (and possibly now, the UK) of selling this information to 3rd party providers. This amounts to the police making a profit from releasing records that most of the public believes and expects to be private.