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Opinion: Proposed Laws Threaten Privacy

PRIVACY LAW

December 3, 2010

In a piece for The Vancouver Sun, Kashif Ahmed and Eric Miller argue that proposed legislation has "onerous implications for privacy rights and civil liberties," citing the Improving Access to Investigative Tools for Serious Crimes Act, Investigative Powers for the 21st Century Act and an act regulating telecommunications to support investigations. The issue, the authors contend, is the proposed laws "require service providers to disclose their subscribers' name, address, contact data, IP address and other details used to identify individuals and track their every method of communication." Kashif and Miller write, "the new bills demonstrate an erosion of civil rights and provide no greater procedural protections for the privacy rights of Canadians."
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