Through countless social media posts, Canadians have opened up themselves to the tracking techniques implemented by Internet advertising companies. Nevertheless, the public appears to be more concerned with the issues of privacy then the government itself. The 1.2 million request made by the government to have access to customer personal information, as well as the increased number of security breaches has made a number of Canadians more than just a bit nervous.
Despite the growing concern by the general public, the government has done little to ease the tension. Several legislative proposals that are presently put forth before the Parliament appear to be weakening privacy structures even further. One of the latest bills allows organizations to voluntarily disclose customer’s personal information, which includes transmission and tracking data, without their knowledge. In addition the same bill is less strict with warrants to access such information which has experts believing in the possibility of private and sensitive information being leaked. Both the Canadian privacy commissioner as well as the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has been excluded from appearing before the committee studying the bill.
Similarly, Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act, due to its loose warranty laws allows for personal information to be accessed by any organization and not just law enforcement. Ones again the general public is left in the dark, as notifications may not be given of when their information may be used and by whom. While the U.S government is stepping up to lock down loose privacy gaps, Canadian government is slow to follow. In fact Canada has recently named senior Justice Lawyer the new Privacy Commissioner of Canada, passing on a number of better qualified candidates for the job. Where the privacy issues of Canada seem to be going is difficult to tell and mending relations with the public is proving to be a challenge for the government with the way privacy laws are currently structured.