Canada’s Privacy Community has written to the Ministers responsible for Canadian copyright policy, urging them to consult broadly prior to introducing copyright legislation that may undermine Canadians’ privacy and security rights.
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has again raised concerns with the federal government with respect to the potential privacy implications of proposed revisions to the Canadian Copyright Act. In a letter dated January 18, 2008, the Commissioner notes that both anti-circumvention laws and ISP subscriber data retention obligations raise significant privacy concerns for Canadians, and invites the government to avail itself of her office’s assistance.
In September 2007, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic published a report entitled “Digital Rights Management Technologies and Consumer Privacy.”, accompanied by a press release.
In separate letters to Minister of Canadian Heritage Bev Oda and Industry Minister Maxime Bernier, Canada's privacy commissioners have voiced their concerns with the privacy implications of DRM technologies and proposed legislation to offer such technologies legal protection. Letters were sent from the federal commissioner (English / French), as well as commissioners for Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario.