Media Advisory - Privacy commissioners outline concerns about expanded surveillance plan

    ST. JOHN'S, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's privacy commissioners and
ombudsmen representing federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions will
hold a media availability to discuss a joint resolution about a federal
government proposal to expand the tools that police and national security
agencies can use to acquire digital evidence.
    The resolution addresses privacy concerns stemming from two pieces of
legislation introduced in the House of Commons in June. The main purpose of
the bills is to require all wireless, Internet and other telecommunications
companies to allow for wiretapping, and ensure that they comply with law
enforcement demands for subscriber data - without judicial authorization.
    The commissioners will also release a second resolution on privacy issues
related to online personal health records.
    The media availability will be held during the biannual meeting of
Canada's privacy commissioners and ombudspeople, hosted by the Information and
Privacy Commissioner for Newfoundland and Labrador, Ed Ring.
    A photo opportunity will follow the media availability.

    WHERE:   Salon A
             Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
             115 Cavendish Square, St. John's

    DATE:    Thursday, Sept. 10th, 2009

    TIME:    Media Availability - 10:15 a.m. (NT)
             Photo Opportunity - 11 a.m. (NT)

For further information:

For further information: To participate in the media availability or
arrange an interview, contact: Valerie Lawton, Office of the Privacy
Commissioner of Canada, E-mail:, Cell in St. John's: (613)
227-8015; Marie Keefe, Representing the Office of the Information and Privacy
Commissioner of NL, Email:, Tel: (709) 729-6943, Cell:
(709) 693-9434

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