Appeared in the Toronto Star on September 14, 2013 as Canada Complicit in Undermining Internet Privacy As the tidal wave of disclosures on widespread U.S. surveillance continues – there is now little doubt that the U.S. government has spent billions creating a surveillance infrastructure that covers virtually all Internet and […]
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The UK Cards Assocation, a leading association representing the bank card industry, has written to Cambridge University to demand that it take down the web version of a research paper by a graduate student. The paper identifies security holes in one bank card products. The association argues the disclosure “oversteps […]
Yesterday's post on the 32 Questions and Answers on Bill C-32's digital lock provisions focused on general issues in the bill, including compliance with WIPO, the penalty provisions, and their constitutional validity. Today's post discusses the shortcomings in the anti-circumvention exceptions that are included in C-32. With the exception of a new exception for cellphone unlocking, the exceptions are the same as those found in C-61 and a virtual mirror of the U.S. DMCA. For those that want it all in a single package, I've posted the full series as PDF download.
C-32's Circumvention Exceptions
This section features answers to the following questions:
- Bill C-32 contains circumvention exceptions for encryption research and security testing. Doesn't that address the research concerns?
- Bill C-32 contains a circumvention exception for privacy. Doesn't that address the privacy concerns?
- Bill C-32 contains a circumvention exception for the visually impaired. Doesn't that address those access concerns?
- Bill C-32 contains a circumvention exception for interoperability. Doesn't that address those concerns?
This week the Ontario legislature will resume debate on Bill 85, proposed legislation that could lead to the creation of an "enhanced drivers licence" in the province (referred to as an EDL). My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that the introduction of the new licence – which will also be available as a photo card for non-drivers – has received little public attention despite the urgent concerns expressed by privacy commissioners and civil liberties groups. Indeed, barring an unlikely change of plans, the legislation could be passed within a matter of days.
The primary impetus behind the EDL is the increased border security measures between Canada and the United States. As the U.S. increased identity card requirements for entry into the country (passports are now required at most border crossings), government officials in both countries have sought to develop an alternative to the passport. The EDL, which will embed new technologies including a radio frequency identification device (RFID) within the card, is the outcome of that work. While the enhanced card will be optional, it is expected that many residents may pay the extra fee for the EDL. Moreover, Ontarians will not be alone in this regard as other provinces and U.S. states have similar plans. As Ontario moves closer to an EDL with this new legislation, the concern from the privacy and civil liberties communities – who point to three overarching concerns – have continued to mount.
Appeared in the Toronto Star on November 17, 2008 as 'Enhanced' Licence Could Boost Privacy, Security Risks This week the Ontario legislature will resume debate on Bill 85, proposed legislation that could lead to the creation of an "enhanced drivers licence" in the province (referred to as an EDL). The […]