Archive for April, 2009

ACTA Consultation Report


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April 3, 2009 Comments are Disabled General

Canadian ACTA Consultation Report Revealed

In an earlier post, I noted that the Department of Foreign Affairs will be holding a consultation meeting on ACTA next week.  DFAIT first consulted on ACTA in the spring of 2008.  While I discussed some of the findings based on documents obtained under the Access to Information Act, I […]

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April 3, 2009 16 comments News

Fry Private Member’s Bill Targets Cyberbullying

The CBC reports that Liberal MP Hedy Fry has introduced a Private Member's bill targeted cyberbullying.  Bill C-355 is accessible here.

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April 3, 2009 7 comments Must Reads

Wolverine Leaked By Inside Job

The NY Times reports on the leak of an unfinished copy of X-Mens Origins: Wolverine, a much-anticipated film set for theatrical release on May 1st.  As was the case with virtually every Oscar-nominated film, it is not unauthorized camcording that is responsible, but rather an insider leak.

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April 2, 2009 6 comments Must Reads

Poilievre Changes His Tune on Privacy and Google Street View

Earlier this week, Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre attracted considerable attention by raising the privacy concerns associated with Google Street View.  Poilievre was quoted asking "is there going to be a mass database of people's images? What are the benefits to Canada of allowing this to occur?"  The original article states that:

Poilievre said he is particularly concerned about the original versions of those images that will be archived by Google. The original versions of the images will not be blurred. He said they could pose a privacy risk for Canadians if they somehow leaked out. He also questioned where the images would be stored and whether privacy laws could protect Canadians if the images were stored on a foreign computer server.

Poilievre appears to have had a change of heart.  His concerns are not that Canadian privacy law is too weak to address these issues, but rather that it is too strong.  In a National Post op-ed, Poilievre is now concerned that Canadian privacy law might create a barrier to Google Street View.  He starts by noting:

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April 2, 2009 7 comments News