TORONTO, Jan. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The expected re-introduction of federal
"lawful access" bills in Parliament, if passed in their original form,
would provide police with much greater ability to access and track
information about identifiable individuals via the communications
technologies that we use every day, such as the Internet, smart phones,
and other mobile devices, at times, without a warrant or any judicial
"I consider this to be such a serious issue that I have organized a
public symposium and launched a new website, www.realprivacy.ca, to broaden awareness and educate Canadians, in an effort to improve
the legislation before it is re-introduced," said Dr. Ann Cavoukian,
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.
"In my view, this legislation represents a looming system of
'Surveillance by Design,' that should concern us all in a free and
democratic society. Taken together, these 'lawful access' bills will
provide the police with much greater ability to access and track
information on us all, via the communications technologies that we use
every day, such as the Internet, smart phones, and other mobile
devices, in some circumstances, without a warrant or judicial
The new website, www.realprivacy.ca, includes:
background information on proposed lawful access legislation such as relevant media articles,
key letters, and editorials;
proposed solutions on how the federal government can improve the legislation to respect
privacy while also enhancing security; and
a new Write My MP tool by which individuals can easily share their concerns with their Member
of Parliament and urge the government to reconsider the proposed laws.
We are inviting members of the public to write to the MPs, raising
their concerns and asking them to question the proposed legislation.
Beware of "Surveillance by Design:" Standing Up for Freedom and Privacy
To discuss the implications of the proposed bills, our Office will be
holding a symposium on Friday, January 27, from 9:00am to 11:00am ET at
the MaRS Discovery Centre in downtown Toronto. Everyone is invited to
attend (event details here). The following highly respected thought leaders will share their
unique perspectives on this hot topic:
Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario, Canada;
Professor John Villasenor, The Brookings Institution and UCLA;
Dr. Ron Deibert, Professor, Political Science, University of Toronto;
John Ibbitson, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Globe and Mail;
Nathalie Des Rosiers, General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association;
David Fraser, Lead, McInnes Cooper Privacy Practice Group.
The Commissioner's theme for the Symposium is, "Give me Real Privacy
now, not Privacy Theatre," and she will expand upon this during her
For those wishing to attend virtually, this symposium will be webcast live and fully archived.
This event is also being held to celebrate International Privacy Day,
marking 31 years since the first binding international convention on
privacy came into force.
Media planning to attend the January 27 event - please register with the
SOURCE Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario
For further information:
Direct line: 416-326-3939