THERRIEN: Bill C-51 SUBMISSION to Standing Committee

THERRIEN: Bill C-51 SUBMISSION to Standing Committee

Postby Oscar » Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:32 am

THERRIEN: Bill C-51 - Submission to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security of the House of Commons

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by Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner for Canada March 5, 2015

Mr. Daryl Kramp
Chair, Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security
131 Queen Street, 6th Floor
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

Dear Mr. Chair:

I am writing today in reaction to Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, which was tabled on January 30, 2015. My comments will focus on Part 1 of the Bill, which would create a new Security of Canada Information Sharing Act (SCISA). The purpose of that Act is to encourage and facilitate the sharing of information among federal institutions in order to protect Canada against acts undermining its security. Clearly, protecting the security of Canadians is important, and we recognize that greater information sharing may sometimes lead to the identification and suppression of security threats. However, 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.


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