Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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Privacy Act shredded with B-C51?
Kathy Read, Agassiz
Bill C-51 is dangerous, reckless and ineffective. The bill permits
information-sharing across government for a wide range of purposes, most
of which have nothing to do with terrorism.
The sharing field covers 17 government institutions with government
granting itself the right to expand sharing to other departments.
In fact, the bill even permits further disclosure “to any person, for
any purpose” to other governments. In other words, there are few limits
on how information the government collects can be shared with any entity
it sees fit.
Plus, they don't even have to tell you that they have shared your
financial, medical, travel or education records or any other information
they can dig up about you to our government institutions and other
governments. For a country that has a Charter of Rights and Freedoms
this bill will have the power to run a wrecking ball through it.
Bill C-51 destroys the core protections found in the Privacy Act by
opening the door to the very kind of information-sharing that the law is
intended to prevent.
Again can we say "Trying to kill the Charter of Rights and Freedoms"?
Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien, described as an expert
by PM Harper, slammed the bill in a submission to the Standing Committee
on Public Safety: "The scale of information sharing being proposed is
unprecedented, the scope of the new powers conferred by the Act is
excessive, particularly as these powers affect ordinary Canadians, and
the safeguards protecting against unreasonable loss of privacy are
seriously deficient. While the potential to know virtually everything
about everyone may well identify some new threats, the loss of privacy
is clearly excessive. All Canadians would be caught in this web."
When this bill was first presented and Canadian did not know what the
full extent was 17% opposed it and just 3 weeks later 50% oppose it.
Mark Strahl you were voted into government by the people so why don't
you start standing up for what the people want and that is not to have
our rights and freedoms taken away from us.
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