OTTAWA, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer
Stoddart today issued the following statement:
Yesterday, federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced that Bill
C-30, the government's lawful access legislation, would not be
proceeding in Parliament.
When the Bill was tabled last year, Canadians reacted strongly against
it and expressed their concerns that it would have a significantly
negative impact on their fundamental right to privacy. We are very
pleased to see that the government has responded to those concerns.
Our Office has been working on this issue for many years. We have
expressed concerns that Bill C-30 would have enabled law enforcement to
gain warrantless access to subscriber information, such as an IP
address. The Bill's proponents suggested this was akin to information
in a phone book.
Our Office's technologists have looked at the degree of privacy
intrusiveness in relation to the specific information that the Bill had
proposed to make readily accessible to police. We've seen that an IP
address can, in fact, provide a starting point to compile a picture of
an individual's online activities including, for example, online
services for which an individual has registered, personal interests
based on websites visited, organizational affiliations and even
Given this, the announcement related to Bill C-30 is a welcome
development for privacy in Canada, and I applaud the many Canadians who
spoke out about their concerns with the Bill and their deep attachment
to their privacy rights.
SOURCE: Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
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