June 19th, 2014

Conservatives must amend digital privacy bill

NDP MP Charmaine Borg (Terrebonne-Blainville) has written to Industry Minister James Moore urging him to amend Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act.

The bill would allow private companies to preserve and share their clients’ personal information with other organizations—without the consent of those individuals and when no warrant has been issued.

Despite last week’s Supreme Court ruling that such information should not be disclosed without a warrant, the Senate did not amend the bill as recommended by legal and privacy experts.

Borg is now calling on Moore to withdraw these unconstitutional elements of this Senate bill when it comes before the House of Commons.

“While the NDP welcomes provisions regarding breach notification in S-4, we will not support legislation that contains measures that violate Canadians’ Charter rights,” wrote Borg in the attached letter.