Archive for June, 2010

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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June 1, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

NDP MP Calls for Legislative Review of Anti-Spam Bill

NDP MP Brian Masse has told the Wire Report that he supports a full legislative review of the anti-spam bill to ensure there are no "sleeper clauses."

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June 1, 2010 2 comments Must Reads

EP Legal Service Issues Opinion On Release of ACTA Docs to EP

The European Parliament Legal Service has issued a legal opinion on the disclosure of ACTA documents to the European Parliament.  It concludes that persistent failure to do so could lead to legal action.

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June 1, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads