Editor: The Dec. 9 Times editorial says that people have the right to know when someone who is a “dangerous risk to re-offend is living among us.”
B.C.’s privacy law allows authorities to release personal information in the public interest, and for many years a process has been in place for public disclosure about dangerous offenders.
My office participated in creating that process and I receive copies of all disclosures before they are made. I have yet to disagree with a single public release in my eight years on the job.
This process confirms that privacy is not absolute and the ability of authorities to warn the public about dangerous offenders is a key feature of B.C.’s privacy law.
Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia