Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has announced Bill C-30 will not go ahead due to public opposition. The bill, also known as the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, had been opposed by civil liberties and privacy groups as well as Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, who said the announcement is “a welcome development for privacy in Canada, and I applaud the many Canadians who spoke out about their concerns with the bill and their deep attachment to their privacy rights.” An editorial in the Ottawa Citizen also supports the move, noting, “Privacy is a hallowed right in western liberal societies because it fosters personal autonomy by effectively establishing a kind of 'space'—breathing room, if you will—between the individual and the state, between the personal and the political.”
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