Bill C-27, the anti-spam bill, is nearly through the Industry Committee with a limited number of changes. The Liberals have already stated that they would not be bringing forward the amendments promoted by the copyright lobby that would have permitted unauthorized access to personal computers in some situations. The same issue arose during Question Period in the House of Commons on Thursday. When asked about it by NDP MP Brian Masse, Industry Minister Tony Clement confirmed that the Conservatives would not bring forward a similar motion.
At Wednesday's hearing, there were a couple of changes instigated by Bloc. First, a specific exception for political parties was inserted into the bill. This is arguably unnecessary since the bill only covers commercial activity. Second, the Bloc succeeded in extending the period of a business relationship from 18 months to two years. The clause-by-clause review should conclude on Monday.