Canada's New Bill to Crack Down on Illegal Downloads Worries Privacy Experts


Thu, Apr 17th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act, which was "quietly tabled in the Senate this week," has privacy experts concerned as it would allow companies to easily give Canadians' private information to "big media companies who are trying to crack down on copyright infringement."

Currently, under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) companies can only share their users’ private data with government and police, in limited circumstances, as they investigate a crime.

Once S-4 becomes law, PIPEDA will allow companies to share Canadians’ information with other companies if they believe there has been a breach of agreement, or a case of fraud.

In other words, says digital advocacy group OpenMedia, pirating a copy of Game of Thrones onto your laptop will mean that HBO may soon have your number. All they’ll have to do is call up your internet service provider and ask for the information of each user who has ignored their copyright.



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