Conservative Senator Leo Housakos this week raised the possibility of a hearing into Bell’s privacy practices in light of recent disclosures involving collection and use of data for targeted advertising purposes. Housakos gave notice of a motion for a hearing by the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications involving Bell and the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
Housakos raised concerns about Bell’s practices in the Senate last month, noting:
Therefore, the fundamental question is: What should we permit as a society? Where do we draw the line between what is private information and what can reasonably be shared with the general public as well as advertisers? We, as a society, must address these questions before media companies render it a moot point.