Josh Elliott reports:
RCMP detachments across Canada have stopped naming the victims of fatal vehicle collisions, in an unannounced shift in their information-sharing practices.
Greg Cox, a spokesperson for RCMP headquarters in Ottawa, told CTVNews.ca in a statement that the country-wide policy is in accordance with the federal Privacy Act.
“The Privacy Act is designed to protect personal information, such as the names of deceased victims, unless there is an applicable exemption under the act,” Cox told CTVNews.ca via email.
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An editorial in the Toronto Star disagrees and says the RCMP is violating the wishes of grieving families who want their kin’s names known.