Canadian Police and Suicide Hotlines Violating Privacy

It’s mind boggling that Canadian police would think it’s justified in sharing mental health information with Homeland Insecurity in order to help the USA discriminate against people with mental illness.

What in the heck made them think it’s okay? Are they crazy?

People need to trust that they can reach out to a Suicide Hotline without fear of future reprisals. Canadian police have seriously damaged this expectation, and therefore are likely to have harmed people who’d have otherwise sought help. It would be hard to learn definitively if this abuse of authority has killed people, because the people we’d learn that from will have silenced themselves permanently.

No word yet from the Regina and Saskatoon police forces if they violate privacy in this manner.

2 responses to “Canadian Police and Suicide Hotlines Violating Privacy

  1. The suicide prevention hotlines would not, if memory serves, be sharing their info with the local Canadian police as a rule in the first place. When the suicide calls go to 9-1-1 services, though? That’s when the police would start file-building. And where the potential for trouble concerning Ontario’s privacy commissioner starts up.

    Or am I misunderstanding the news reports?

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