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Toews Unmoved by Letter

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

October 28, 2011

Postmedia News reports that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is unmoved by the federal privacy commissioner's urgings to consider the effect potential lawful access legislation would have on the privacy rights of Canadians. In a public letter to Toews this week, Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart outlined several concerns about the legislation, saying that "Read together, the provisions of the lawful access bills from the last session of Parliament (C-50, C-51 and C-52) would have had a significant impact on our privacy rights." Stoddart added that "the government has not convincingly demonstrated that there are no less privacy-invasive alternatives available to achieve its stated purpose."     
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