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Attention: Editors and reporters interested in genetic privacy

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada, George Radwanski, will speak at an upcoming conference hosted by the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee in Paris, France, from September 12 to 14, 2001. The Committee is meeting to discuss the report of a working group on issues raised by the collection, use, retention and treatment of genetic information, as well as the principles that should govern these practices and how they might be implemented.

On September 13, 2001, during an afternoon session on the protection of personal information, the Commissioner will discuss his concerns about the use and misuse of genetic information from a privacy perspective. Once the Commissioner's presentation has been delivered, it will be posted to his Office's Web site at www.priv.gc.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Anne-Marie Hayden
Media Relations
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel.: (613) 995-0103
ahayden@priv.gc.ca

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