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Bill Boosts Law Enforcement, Raises Privacy Concerns

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

February 15, 2012

A new draft law allowing law enforcement entities to request data from Internet service providers without a warrant has raised alarms from Canadian privacy regulators, Reuters reports. Bill C-30, or The Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, was tabled yesterday in the House of Commons. In addition to giving law enforcement warrantless access to personal data such as names, addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, the bill would also require telecommunications companies to install surveillance equipment on its networks. Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada Chantal Bernier said the bill raises privacy concerns because it "allows warrantless access to personal information," and Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian said the bill is "a major intrusion into our lives."
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