#CyberFLASH: Harper privacy amendments make things worse, says critic


The Harper government is touting its proposed Digital Privacy Act for offering new protections to Canadians surfing the Internet, shopping online and making it mandatory for organizations covered under the law to report data breaches.

However, Ottawa Internet lawyer and University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist has a more critical view.

In a blog Thursday he agrees that the act – actually amendments to the Personal Information Protection and Electronics Document Act (PIPEDA) – has positive points, including the disclosure obligation.

However, he believes the bill also includes language that “could massively expand warrantless disclosure of personal information” to not just to law enforcement agencies but any other organization.

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