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Geist: Privacy Regulators Should Take Action

SURVEILLANCE

August 30, 2013

In a report for Toronto Star, University of Ottawa Prof. Michael Geist writes that while “the near-weekly revelations of pervasive surveillance activities generates both debate and mounting opposition in the United States and Europe, the Canadian reaction has remained somewhat muted.” Citing the contention over Verizon’s potential entry into Canada, Geist suggests the door may be open “to greater public scrutiny of the privacy practices of all telecom carriers.” When it comes to the privacy risks, Geist writes “it is surprising that Canadian privacy regulators…have remained largely on the sidelines as the surveillance revelations mount.” Meanwhile, Ivor Tussell writes for The Globe and Mail that following the NSA scandal, companies that put privacy first could see greater profits.
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