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Opinion: Lawful Access Bill Debate Continues

PRIVACY LAW

December 9, 2011

The debate continues over the government's lawful access legislation. In a column for The Globe and Mail, John Ibbitson questions, "Does the need to deter pedophiles, terrorists and other bad people from exploiting the Web to commit crimes and evade detection outweigh our right to surf and post without fear of being watched?" Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews responded in a letter to the editor that "The government will propose legislation that strikes an appropriate balance between the privacy rights of Canadians and the ability of police to enforce our laws." Meanwhile, Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian said there's little that could be considered "lawful" about the bill's provisions.
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