Archive for June 1st, 2010

Copyright Bill on Notice Paper as Ministers Emphasize Balance, Modernization

The government has placed the forthcoming copyright bill on the Notice Paper, which means that the bill could be introduced as soon as tomorrow.  The campaign to support the bill has also begun, with an op-ed in today's National Post jointly authored by Industry Minister Tony Clement and Canadian Heritage […]

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June 1, 2010 43 comments News

India Seeking Allies To Oppose ACTA

With the next round of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations scheduled for later this month in Lucerne, Switzerland (governments have been painfully slow this round in confirming dates, location, and agenda), the global politics behind the agreement escalated over the weekend with Indian officials acknowledging that they plan to establish a […]

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June 1, 2010 6 comments News

Security Breach Disclosure Bill Has Bark But No Bite

Last week Industry Minister Tony Clement unveiled two bills touted as important components of the government’s national digital strategy.  The Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act is a repeat of the anti-spam bill that passed through the House of Commons last year but died after Parliament prorogued.  Since the new bill reflects roughly the same compromise that garnered all-party support, it should receive swift passage.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) argues that the second bill, the Safeguarding Canadians' Personal Information Act, is likely to be far more controversial.  The bill amends Canada’s existing privacy legislation by establishing new exceptions for businesses and new powers for law enforcement.

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June 1, 2010 1 comment Columns

Security Breach Disclosure Bill Has Bark But No Bite

Appeared in the Toronto Star on May 31, 2010 as Security breach disclosure bill has bark but no bite Last week Industry Minister Tony Clement unveiled two bills touted as important components of the government’s national digital strategy.  The Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act is a repeat of the […]

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June 1, 2010 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Wire Report: Libs Ok With Summer Hearings, NDP Express Concerns

The Wire Report reports that Liberal MP Marc Garneau is supportive of the possibility of summer hearings on the copyright bill.  NDP MP Charlie Angus expresses concern about the approach, noting that it might not be good for the bill given the difficulty to draw witnesses and the prospect of […]

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