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The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association is hosting the 2012 BC Information Summit on September 19, at the UBC Robson Square Theatre, in Vancouver.

The theme of this year’s summit is “This time, it’s personal: Freedom of Information and Privacy under Government 2.0”

The BC Government has begun implementing its sweeping “Citizens @ The Centre: Government 2.0” initiative. Meant to streamline the flow of citizen data between government bodies and service providers, these changes promise to open up “exciting opportunities for citizens to directly engage with their government.” Initiatives like the Integrated Case Management system and the recently-unveiled “Smart CareCard” will, according to the government, dramatically simplify and improve the way it provides services in this province.

But as the linkages between the private sector, civil society and government bodies become more complex, this increased sharing of data presents new challenges to individual privacy and information freedom. Whenever…

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