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Position Papers

CIPS has developed the following position papers. For papers not currently available on the web site, contact Mary Jean Kucerak, CAE, CIPS Executive Director at

CIPS Submission to the Office of the Privacy Commission of Canada Discussion Paper on Consent and Privacy (July 13, 2016)

CIPS Response RE: Bill C-13 (Feb 11, 2014) - Bill C-13: An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act, the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act

Re: Bill C-30 (April 30, 2012) - CIPS' Response to Bill C-30

 Improving Canada’s Digital Advantage: Strategies for Sustainable Prosperity (July 13, 2010) - A Response to the Consultation Paper on a Digital Economy Strategy for Canada by the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS)

 Copyright Reform
written by Martin Kratz (September 11, 2009)
CIPS on Bill C-61, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act

 Software Engineering
written by Paul G. Bassett M.Sc., I.S.P.
(October 2004)

 Consultation on Lawful Access
written by John Boufford, I.S.P.
(November 15, 2002)

 Comments on the Proposed Levies to be Collected for the Sale, in Canada, of Blank Audio Recording Media During the Years 2003 - 2004
written by John Boufford, I.S.P.
(May 2002)

 Response to the Ontario Government's Consultation on the Draft Privacy of Personal Information Act, 2002
written by John Boufford, I.S.P.
(March 2002)

 Copyright Reform
written by John Boufford, I.S.P.
(October 5, 2001)

An opportunity for CIPS to comment on submissions made in response to proposals to reform the Copyright Act.

 E-mail & Internet Surveillance
written by John Boufford, I.S.P.
(October 21, 2000)

Employers are increasingly using E-mail and Internet surveillance as a tool to protect their interests. Employers have a responsibility to respect the reasonable privacy expectations of employees and customers. The CIPS position paper on E-mail and Internet Surveillance outlines acceptable surveillance practices as a guide for IT professionals and employers.

 Software Engineering: Where does it belong?
written by Philippe Gabrini, I.S.P.
(April 12, 2000)

The debate over the "software engineering" issue, which greatly affects the fate of computer science students and IT professionals alike, has engaged CIPS to take a stand as the association representing IT professionals and answer the question: "Where does software engineering belong at Canadian universities?"

 Privacy & Information Technology: Implementation & Operational Guidelines
written by John Boufford, I.S.P.
(October 1997)

There is a renewed emphasis among businesses, information technology practitioners, and privacy advocates to deal effectively with the issue of privacy, although each may be approaching the problem from a different perspective.