“I agree with my predecessors that a mandatory exception based solely on the subject-matter of the record is a feature of outmoded access laws. The current international standard for exceptions to disclosure is that all exceptions should be harms based. I would further agree that ss.22 of FIPPA is capable of protecting such information as would identify abortion service providers or patients or threaten their health or safety.”
-Elizabeth Denham, Information & Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia November 8, 2011
Here’s the letter.
For the benefit of those politicians not understanding English, “outmoded” is defined in the dictionary as: “unfashionable, dated, old-fashioned”.