Copyright by CBC News (Nova Scotia, Canada) – All rights reserved Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The CBC’s investigation has found that the National Privacy Commissioner has issued two complaints about how Canadians have been using the Internet to get around privacy laws.
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada is seeking to have the government reclassify Internet Service Providers from telecommunications providers to information service providers.
The government says it’s moving to take this step because it wants to give consumers more control over their online privacy and data privacy.
“The privacy protection that you’ve been enjoying in the Internet for decades is under threat,” said Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.
The Government of Canada has a long history of being a proponent of privacy.
The commissioner’s complaints about the privacy of Canadians online were brought forward to the Privacy Commissioner last year, and were referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology and Communications, which is conducting its own investigation.
“This is a time of change for Canadians,” said Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney.
“There’s been a lot of change in the last two years, and I think we’re seeing a real desire for privacy.”
Blaney says he’s encouraged by the committee’s findings, but wants the government to act quickly.
“If we want to ensure that Canadians are fully protected online, we’ve got to have strong protections,” he said.
“If we can get them through the next few months and make sure that they’re protected in a timely fashion, then I think that’s a good outcome.”
While Denham says she hopes the committee will recommend that the government do the right thing, she doesn’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon.
“We need to see an immediate implementation of this and that’s what I’m hoping for,” she said.
“I don’t think this is going to be implemented in a year or two years.
It’s going in the next couple of months.”
The Privacy commissioner says Canadians are using their privacy on a daily basis.
“It’s just as important for us to be in the privacy arena and not be distracted by all the privacy issues that are out there,” she told CBC News.
She says there is no reason why Canadians shouldn’t be able to get on with their lives online, but that they should be able see how their personal data is being used.
“There’s a reason why there are more privacy policies online than in print, and that is that people are using it to do their business, and they are able to do that online,” said Denham, who also chairs the Privacy Advisory Committee for the Privacy and Electronic Privacy Commission.
The Public Safety Department says it has taken a number of actions to improve Canadians online privacy, including establishing a number, including the Canadian Internet Security Program.
Public Safety says its online privacy rules are still in effect.
“As a result, Canadian citizens will continue to be protected from harmful activities, including those that are related to the promotion of pornography or other unlawful material,” it said in a statement.