Privacy commish worried about cyberbullying bill

Canada's Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Canada's Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:43 AM ET

OTTAWA — Barely three days into his job as Canada's new privacy commissioner, Daniel Therrien has taken shots at the Conservative government's cyberbullying bill.

Therrien says Bill C-13 could put people's privacy at risk by giving Internet service providers legal immunity if they hand over clients' data when police ask for it based on the suspicion of wrongdoing.

"We believe that Canadians expect that their service providers will keep their information confidential and that personal information will not be shared with government authorities without either their express consent, clear lawful authority or a warrant," he told the Commons justice committee Tuesday.

Therrien said police should meet the threshold of reasonable and probable cause before asking for personal information.

He recommends the government split off that aspect of the bill for further study.


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