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Michael Geist's Blog

Senate Heading Toward Investigation Into Bell's Privacy Practices

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.
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Competition Bureau of Canada Investigating ICANN and New gTLDs

John Pecman, the Commissioner of Competition, yesterday advised that the Competition Bureau of Canada is reviewing the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and its administration of the domain name system. In a follow-up email, I was told that the Bureau is investigating ICANN "since they are poised to adopt a system that could potentially restrict competition by providing exclusive access to new generic top level domain names."
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