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Bill C-30 Debate Continues

ONLINE PRIVACY

November 16, 2012

The federal privacy commissioner as well as commissioners from BC, Ontario and Alberta continue to debate Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Jim Chu over the problems and merits of Bill C-30 through letters and guest columns in Canadian newspapers. While Chu claims a letter from the provincial commissioners “is an excellent example of the misunderstanding and consequent misinformation being disseminated regarding Bill C-30,” the commissioners indicate Chu is underestimating the potential for subscriber data alone to create a “detailed personal profile of a personally identifiable individual.” Federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart writes, “It is true that law enforcement powers need to be modernized, but so too do the laws that ensure Canadians' privacy rights are fully respected.”
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