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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Former Privacy Commissioner in the spotlight

Some in Australia involved in privacy issues may have encountered Geoge Radwanski when he was Canadian Privacy Commissioner from 2001 until forced to step down in 2003 after a parliamentary inquiry. Radwanski and his former deputy Arthur Lamarche are now in court in Ottawa charged with fraud and breach of trust. Radwanski allegedly received a loan of $35000 from Lamarche which was not declared in his declaration of financial interests, contrary to the code that applies to Federal public servants, submitted thousands of dollars in expense claims for entertaining Lamarche and other staff members, and drew $16000 in holiday pay that he had not yet earned.

Needless to say, Radwanski is not enjoying much privacy at the moment.

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