Just days after NDP Leader Tom Mulcair hammered Prime Minister Stephen Harper over his nomination of Justice Department lawyer Daniel Therrien to take over as federal privacy commissioner, The Globe and Mail reports that the House of Commons voted 153 to 75 to approve Therrien. Meanwhile, CBC reports, Therrien voiced support for splitting Bill C-13 to a Parliamentary committee, a plan advocated by the Canadian Bar Association and others. He also advocated for an independent review of the bill, saying, “I think Canadians want to know more about why police and security agencies require information.” He likely knows more than most Canadians, as he's given legal advice on surveillance to security agencies in the past. Therrien’s first order of duty is to testify before the committee considering Bill C-13 on June 10. Editor's Note: The Privacy Advisor rounded up heated reaction to Therrien's nomination last week.
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