#CyberFLASH: Anti-terror bill to give agencies more authority to share private information

AJW212_Ottawa_Shooting_20141022Ottawa will give government departments and agencies explicit authority to share private or confidential commercial information in legislation to be introduced shortly after the Commons resumes sitting in late January – an attempt to make it easier to thwart terrorist attacks.

The legislation is being drawn up in response to two deadly attacks on Canadian soldiers on domestic soil, including a shooting in Parliament, that shook the country in October.

Sources familiar with the plans say a government review of the tragedies found problems that inhibit the free flow of useful information between departments and security agencies.

The changes would allow information submitted in passport applications and on the movement of items such as automatic weapons, GPS systems or controlled goods that could be used in terrorist attacks to be shared with Canadian security agencies.

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