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No Online Monitoring in Crime Bill

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

September 22, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's crime bill was revealed on Tuesday without a provision to allow for increased access to individuals' online activities, pleasing opponents of "lawful access," reports PostMedia News. "I take this as a positive, that even if Prime Minister Stephen Harper is going to reintroduce this, he'll allow Canadians to debate it," said one lawful access opponent. Canada's federal and provincial privacy commissioners expressed their concerns with the proposal in a letter earlier this year, saying it would "significantly diminish" Canadians' privacy. Government officials are stressing that more anti-crime legislation is on the way, and authorities need "21st century tools" to fight online criminals.     
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