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Privacy commissioners outline concerns about expanded surveillance plan

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Canada’s privacy commissioners and ombudsmen representing federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions will hold a media availability to discuss a joint resolution about a federal government proposal to expand the tools that police and national security agencies can use to acquire digital evidence.

The resolution addresses privacy concerns stemming from two pieces of legislation introduced in the House of Commons in June.  The main purpose of the bills is to require all wireless, Internet and other telecommunications companies to allow for wiretapping, and ensure that they comply with law enforcement demands for subscriber data – without judicial authorization.

The commissioners will also release a second resolution on privacy issues related to online personal health records.

The media availability will be held during the biannual meeting of Canada’s privacy commissioners and ombudspeople, hosted by the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Newfoundland and Labrador, Ed Ring.

A photo opportunity will follow the media availability.

WHERE: Salon A
Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
115 Cavendish Square, St. John’s
DATE: Thursday, Sept. 10th, 2009
TIME: Media Availability – 10:15 a.m. (NT)
Photo Opportunity – 11 a.m. (NT)

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To participate in the media availability or arrange an interview, contact:

Valerie Lawton
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
E-mail: vlawton@priv.gc.ca
Cell in St. John’s:  613-227-8015

Marie Keefe
Representing the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of NL
Email: mariekeefe@gov.nl.ca
Tel: 709-729-6943
Cell: 709-693-9434

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