Sunday, January 29, 2006

Goods Sold Database Privacy Concern

Database on goods sold angers privacy watchdog. Canadian privacy advocates are making a splash recently. The latest noise is coming from a little known law which affects second hand stores and pawn shops in Oshowa, Ontario where Ann Cavoukian, Ontario's information and privacy commissioner is out to squash city bylaws requiring pawn shops and second hand stores to record the height and description of used goods sellers to police. A data brokerage called Business Watch International is gathering data on used goods sellers and making that database available to police without knowledge or consent of persons selling used goods at those outlets.

One more commercial database established to profit from selling data that opens the door to mistaken criminal identity of those cleaning out their garage on a weekend. This also creates a burden on business to keep extensive records on the goods they purchase and spend daily time reporting to police.

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