I'm not debating the fact that the Internet and technology in general have created a situation in which fighting the terrorists has become all the more complex. For all of us, regardless of what profession we are in, we know information moves faster than ever. It can sometimes be a struggle to keep up. We get it.
What I don't get is why such an important piece of legislation, Bill C-51, may only be debated at committee for three short days—though there are rumours the government might actually allot more time. More than a decade ago, when the government introduced new anti-terror legislation, wasn't it discussed for at least a month by parliamentary committee?
The media, at least, are making the effort to try to debate the key issues reflected in the bill out in the open. And if you watch Question Period, the government suggests some of the more recent, horrible events could have been avoided if only these laws had been in place. The parties, all in pre-election mode, each try to demonstrate how they're both tough on terror and protect civil liberties.
I, for one, hope there is real and in-depth discussion and that all sides get to raise their viewpoints and get into the nitty-gritty details of this thing.
I want to know how it will affect me, as an average Canadian, and it's not immediately clear. Because, yeah, like most people, I value my safety and privacy.
Perhaps I am being naive, but how can they deal with a law that proposes to have a profound impact on all Canadians' privacy rights any other way than through fulsome debate and discussion? We will all, I'm sure, continue to watch this closely as it unfolds. Others in the privacy community have been even closer to the action and more active in contributing to the discussions out there—well done.
On another note, next week is the IAPP Global Summit in Washington, DC. I am thrilled that my firm, nNovation LLP, is participating, and I look forward to seeing many Canadians and others there, for what promises to be a stellar event. The weather doesn't look bad either!
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