#CyberFLASH: Open data fail: Industry Canada now charging for corporate records that were once free

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I’m speaking tomorrow on a panel about the difficulty in obtaining electronic records from government at the TechRaking conference on data journalism. So, I thought this might be a good time to write about disturbing step backwards in open data at the federal level.

In January, with little fanfare, Industry Canada started charging a fee to access the names of corporate directors in its database of federal corporations, which had previously been available without charge.

For years, anyone with an Internet connection could search the name of a federal corporation and find out its incorporation date, address and the names and addresses of its directors.

By law, these are matters of public record. The names of people who are accountable for the conduct of corporations are, and should be, available to anyone who asks.

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