#CyberFLASH: We’re taking your Online Privacy concerns straight to the B.C. Legislature and we need to hear from you

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Ever wanted to have your opinions heard by key decision makers in B.C.? Now’s your chance. Our own David Christopher has been invited to present the pro-Internet community’s concerns about privacy to key MLAs of the B.C. Legislature. David will be offering testimony about the privacy implications of B.C.’s Personal Information Privacy Act (PIPA).

PIPA is the provincial equivalent of the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). It sets out how many commercial entities in British Columbia should safeguard their customers’ privacy. There are a number of key concerns with PIPA in its current form:

   -It allows for your personal information to be handed to government authorities without a warrant, and without your consent.

   -It allows for your personal information to be handed to other organizations, in some circumstances without your consent.

   -Citizens don’t even get notified that their information has been handed over without their consent.

   -Warrantless requests for private information were recently ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, and B.C.’s provincial legislation needs to be updated to reflect that.

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