Critics blast Freedom of Information loopholes in swine flu cases

Questions linger about who's responsible for telling parents whethertheir kids could have come into contact with swine flu, or influenza A,from a classmate.

Questions linger about who's responsible for telling parents whether their kids could have come into contact with swine flu, or influenza A, from a classmate.

Some school boards are sharing knowledge while others are staying quiet and the government is being accused of passing the buck.

Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, also known as FOIP, personal information is to be protected as much as possible, but critics say this is another example of the government looking for loopholes.

"It doesn't function the way it should. It's used by government to prevent the public from knowing what's going on," says NDP leader Brian Mason.

 
 
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