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Police Chief, Commissioners Disagree on Bill C-30

ONLINE PRIVACY—CANADA

November 8, 2012

Federal and provincial privacy commissioners have responded to a police chief’s column backing the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, or Bill C-30. Vancouver Police Department Chief Constable Jim Chu argues the bill will both respect privacy and improve Canadians’ safety. In response, Federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said the bill “must be amended to respect privacy rights.” Provincial privacy commissioners from Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario also wrote a joint response to Chu’s column. They wrote, “New surveillance powers must not come at the expense of our right to privacy.” Meanwhile, a columnist opines that the newly proposed Safeguarding Canadians’ Personal Information Act will erode online privacy.
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