Post Tagged with: "public safety"

Bill C-30 Isn’t Dead Yet: Public Safety Allocates Millions for Lawful Access

The Public Safety Report on Plans and Priorities for the coming year include a commitment to advance lawful access legislation and an allocation of $2.1 million specifically earmarked for the issue.

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May 9, 2012 5 comments News

Public Safety Links Telecom Foreign Investment with Lawful Access

Last week, I posted on the Public Safety Canada seeming attempt to circumvent the government’s spectrum consultation by submitting dual letters – a public letter expressing mild concern with foreign ownership and a secret letter warning of “considerable risks”. While that approach raises serious concerns that undermine public confidence in the consultation process, Public Safety’s detailed response (which is available on the Industry Canada site) anticipates the fight over Bill C-30 by specifically claiming that opening the Canadian telecom sector to foreign competition increases the necessity of lawful access legislation:

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April 23, 2012 1 comment News

Public Safety Claims Telecom Ownership Liberalization a National Security Threat

Fresh off Bill C-30, the Internet surveillance legislation, Public Safety Canada now says that opening the Canadian telecom market to foreign ownership “would pose a considerable risk to public safety and national security.”

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April 19, 2012 2 comments News

Ministers Respond to Industry Committee Counterfeiting Report

Four government ministers – Day (Public Safety), Prentice (Industry), Emerson (International Trade), and Nicholson (Justice) – have issued their response to last spring's Industry Committee counterfeiting report that included 19 recommendations for reform including stronger penalties, WIPO ratification, and increased border enforcement.  The letter, which interestingly does include Canadian Heritage Minister Josee Verner, avoids addressing each specific recommendation as the Committee requested, choosing instead to offer some general words of support for anti-counterfeiting measures.

The letter rightly focuses first on concerns associated with health and safety.  The letter continues by noting that the Government's first step in its IPR strategy has already been taken with the passage of last spring's anti-camcording legislation.  Moreover, it adds that there is ongoing inter-departmental work on strengthening IP enforcement.

Looking ahead, the letter again confirms that the DMCA is headed to Canada, stating that:

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October 18, 2007 9 comments News

Stockwell Speaks

Search Engine, CBC's excellent new show on the Internet and technology, focused this week [MP3 podcast] on recent lawful access controversy.  I appear in the first part of the show, but more important is the response from Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day.  Leaving aside the Minister's inaccurate claims that the […]

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September 20, 2007 1 comment News