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Opinion: Bill C-42 Not the Right Approach

PRIVACY LAW

July 9, 2010

A Victoria Times Colonist editorial voices concerns about a bill currently in parliament that, if passed, would allow other countries access to Canadian travellers' information for flights passing through their air space. The bill was proposed in response to a U.S. request for such information, but the editors say though the request was made by the U.S., Bill C-42 allows any country access to Canadian travellers' information, adding, "the government should not be handing over sovereignty on such untested legal principles so meekly...There are alternate approaches." European countries have said they will fight the U.S. proposal.
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