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Government Open to Bill C-30 Changes

PRIVACY LAW

February 17, 2012

The Globe and Mail reports on the backlash incited from the tabling of Bill C-30, the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, and the announcement by the Harper government to allow lawmakers to make changes to the legislation. Government House Leader Peter Van Loan said, "What that is a signal of is that the government is open to a broad range of amendments in order to get the right balance." Federal and provincial privacy commissioners have expressed concern over the bill. While Lorna Dueck applauds the protection the bill will give to children, Margaret Wente opines, "Isn't this the same government that whipped up moral panic over the gun registry and the long-form census?...The state has no business knowing how many bathrooms you have--but if it wants access to your online activities, hey, that's totally okay."
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