Recently, a Burnaby NOW reporter pointed out that 8 out of 10 British Columbians are in the PRIME-BC Database</a>, which is used when doing a Criminal Records check. What’s interesting is that the BCCLA seems to still have information stating that this is in here if you are arrested and charged</a>. The fact is that you don’t have to be criminally charged to end up with a file, you just have to not be a fan of the Olympics, or some other Special Event.
When I requested my information from the RCMP, I found that I appeared in PRIME twice for Anti-Olympics activism, with my crime being listed as ZZZZSPECIAL EVENTS. My files are in the police database, and are accessible to every law enforcement agent in the Province. Now, the BCCLA wrote a letter to Shirley Bond</a>, who is now the Solicitor General (we are so totally fucked), complaining about this, but if you think this will change anything, you’re clearly new to this blog.
Anyway, when searching for information on PRIME, it seems that it’s run by a Crown Corporation called PRIMECorp. However, the BC Government only has two entries on its website about PRIMECorp, and the BurnabyNow had this report about PRIMECorp</a> that they filed where they revealed the shocking news about the secret government database. (Yes, that is Comic Sans)</em>
While this claims to be a Crown Corporation, there is very little documentation on the BC Government website, and most of the information appears to be with the RCMP, who appear to be the only ones actually evaluating it. Of course, the RCMP being a police service that wants to make their job easier, see nothing wrong with having 80% of the population in a database. They did find issues with the system not complying with the Treasury Board Poilicies, and did an audit of it in February 2008.</a>
- Who is on the Board of Directors of PRIMECorp?</li>
- Where is the information in PRIME stored? How long is the information in PRIME retained?</li>
- How long is information retained in PRIME?</li> </ul> Now, according to this article in the Vancouver Sun about this incident</a>, it says that for certain things, it's in PRIME for two years, while serious offences such as Sexual Assaults are up to 70 years. There's no information as to whether this corresponds with a Criminal Records check or not. It looks like my days of requesting information from the RCMP are far from over, and that I'll have to request information from EComm as well. The secret list of Anarchists could exist for 70+ years based on this recent turn of events. UPDATE: </strong>After searching the E-Comm website, I found the company Versaterm</a>, which develops the software for the RCMP, the VPD and other law enforcement agencies around North America. The business must be somewhat lucrative, but for some reason it doesn't seem like they need to update their website, since it's only accessible by the sitemap and is laughable by modern web standards. They reveal WAY too much information on this website about their products and the operations of various police departments. Whoever was vetting the articles in their case studies did a piss poor job of redacting things that could years down the road come back and bite them in the ass. (And, no, I'm not going to give you the details here, because I do not instruct people to break the law.)</em>