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Canada Dashboard Digest | Therrien gives thumbs up to Customs Act amendments Related reading: The latest on potential FISA Section 702 reauthorization




Federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien says he approves of a new drug strategy bill, known as Bill C-37, iPolitics reports. The approval comes after a Liberal senator raised concerns that it might not meet a constitutional test on privacy and that it could give "blank authorization" to open citizens' mail at the border. On Thursday, Therrien told the Senate's legal and constitutional affairs committee that, "on balance," Customs Act amendments that will permit border officials to search mail that weighs less than 30 grams are justified, the report states. "At the end of the day," he said, "we need to balance privacy and other considerations," but he added that it could "clearly benefit from additional policy measures" to protect the privacy of Canadians. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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