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Cyber-Bullying Bill Revives Bill C-30 Controversy

PRIVACY LAW

November 22, 2013

“A tough new law on cyberbullying is putting a spotlight on the Conservative government’s sweeping approach to strengthening police investigative powers,” The Globe and Mail reports, highlighting how the proposed law, which was introduced Wednesday, is reviving the controversy around the previously withdrawn Bill C-30. “Regrettably, the federal government is using this pressing social issue as an opportunity to resurrect much of its former surveillance legislation, Bill C-30,” said Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian, suggesting the new bill gives police surveillance powers that pose a risk to privacy. Meanwhile, The Canadian Press reports Minister of Justice and Attorney General Peter MacKay has denied the “new anti-cyberbullying bill will do an end-run around legitimate Internet privacy protections.”
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