New Canadian Bill Threatens Privacy

A new bill being tabled in the Canadian Senate to fight online piracy has raised a number of privacy concerns.

The Digital Privacy Act has been criticized by privacy experts for giving media companies “carte blanche” to view people’s private information; unlike the current system where companies can only share customer data with officials that are investigating a crime.


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Under this new bill, media companies and ISPs will be able to share information with each other. The National Post reports:

In other words, says digital advocacy group OpenMedia, pirating a copy of Game of Thrones onto your laptop will mean that HBO may soon have your number. All they’ll have to do is call up your internet service provider and ask for the information of each user who has ignored their copyright.

David Christopher of the one of the bill’s opponents OpenMedia said it will set a very dangerous precedent in the fight against copyright infringement, which will have far reaching effects on privacy.

“It also opens the door to telecom firms handing our private data to U.S.-style copyright trolls, without any court order or judicial oversight,” he says. “Worst of all, we’d never know when we’d been a victim of these privacy breaches as the disclosures would be kept secret.”