#CyberFLASH: Canada’s Digital Privacy Act lets companies share customers’ personal info, privacy critics warn


If you worry Big Brother is reporting everything you do on the Internet, changes introduced to Canada’s privacy legislation last week may prove your worries aren’t totally unfounded.

Privacy advocates warn under the Digital Privacy Act, Bill S-4,  Internet users could have their personal information handed over to companies and organizations and they won’t even know that it’s happening.

All those downloaded songs your teen didn’t pay for, the Latest Game of Thrones episode you downloaded illegally or any other real or suspected infractions could result in your name and subscriber information passed along to any company or organization claiming to be investigating fraud or the even the potential breaking of Canadian laws. And the law doesn’t stop at digital piracy.

Michael Geist, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa, says the legislation could be used may be used to obtain information about you for everything from defamation to consumer disputes.

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