The Government of Canada introduced Bill C-30, also known as the “Protecting Children from Predators Act” and dubbed by others as the ‘internet spying bill’. Its real name is An Act to enact the Investigating and Preventing Criminal Electronic Communications Act and to amend the Criminal Code and other Acts.
The introduction and possible passing of this legislation is of vital interest to CIPS members. Our members practice our profession under our Code of Ethics. One of the Principals of the Code of Ethics is to Protect Public Interest and Maintain Integrity. In developing and sending a position paper to all Members of Parliament in the Government of Canada and all Privacy Commissioners across Canada, CIPS stated our concern that Bill C-30 did not protect the privacy of personal information.
The NDP critic for Bill C-30 contacted CIPS to further discuss our position, but even more importantly to understand more about CIPS, what we do, who we represent, our position as the voice of the IT profession and industry --- in short what role does CIPS have in Canada.
In developing this paper, a core group of people on the Advocacy Committee drafted the paper, which went out through CIPS’ social media channels for comments/input. Based on that information, a final paper was developed and sent out. The concern raised by CIPS and many others has sent the Bill to a Standing Committee for consideration before second reading.
There are other legislative bills and issues that CIPS could or should be commenting on … the Advocacy Committee, a part of the CIPS VOICE, welcomes your input on issues and your help on developing or commenting on papers. For more information on how to get involved and links to our social media websites visit www.cips.ca/community.