The National Post reported on an audit by federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart which found that the RCMP, contrary to its obligations, has failed to destroy critical personal records, including those of pardoned and acquitted individuals.
I was quoted and made the link between these breaches and the RCMP’s bungling of the long gun registry:
The issue of questionable RCMP record-keeping comes as the Conservatives prepare to shred 10 years worth of records related to the federal long-gun registry — a process made difficult by the fact that duplicates of the records are buried deep within RCMP databases.
“The police always believe it to be in their interest to have as much information about citizens as possible … not only law-abiding gun owners but also individuals who have been cleared of crimes,” said Solomon Friedman, a criminal defence lawyer and frequent commentator on firearms issues.
Read the entire article here.