The committee continues its review of Bill S-4, the government’s Digital Privacy Act.
Patricia Kosseim, the senior general counsel and director general for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and her colleague, senior strategic policy advisor Carman Baggaley discuss their overall support of the bill, but do provide suggestions on how to minimize the risk of over-disclosing information. Kara Mitchelmore and Annie Pettit of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, Wally Hill and David Elder from the Canadian Marketing Association, and law professor Michael Geist offer their limited support of the bill and propose a few amendments that they feel will improve the bill.
Lawyer Michael Crystal expresses his concern with numerous points addressed in the bill and argues that the proposed legislation could transform key privacy protection law into a law that instead authorizes, encourages and in some cases immunizes violations in the privacy of Canadians. (June 4, 2014)