The Globe & Mail
Wednesday, June 17, 1998
page A4

Fingerprint law supported

TORONTO -- Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner approves of the controversial new provincial law that allows the fingerprinting of welfare recipients.

In her annual report to the legislature, Commissioner Ann Cavoukian said yesterday that the law is "unprecedented with respect to the scope of privacy" and that it "demonstrated how technologicial advances can be used to protect privacy".

In the report, Dr. Cavoukian said the Social Assistance Reform Act creates a higher standard for privacy than found in other jurisdictions so that fingerprinting can be used as an identifier for welfare recipients in a way that their privacy is not compromised.

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