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Opinion: Crime Package Threatens Privacy

PRIVACY LAW

May 20, 2011

On the agenda for the upcoming parliamentary session is consideration of a crime bill package that has prompted privacy concerns, writes University of Ottawa Prof. Michael Geist in the Ottawa Citizen. The bill includes provisions to require Internet service providers to disclose customer information without a court order and allow for real-time surveillance of their networks. Geist says the legislation "has far-reaching consequences for privacy, security and free speech" and that the privacy commissioners of Canada have expressed their concerns in a joint letter.
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