Bill C-12

Safeguarding Canadians' Personal Information Act

An Act to amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act

This bill was tabled by Christian Paradis on Sept. 30, 2011.

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Status of this Bill

Introduction and First Reading

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  • Photo of Christian Paradis
    Christian Paradis spoke about Oral Questions > Privacy

    Mr. Speaker, we thank the Privacy Commissioner for her report, and we indeed have taken measures to have tougher measures. That is why we introduced Bill C-12, which would improve privacy safeguards. ... more

    June 7, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Charmaine Borg
    Charmaine Borg spoke about Oral Questions > Privacy

    Mr. Speaker, it is clear that Conservatives do not take the privacy of Canadians seriously. The commissioner herself has raised concerns about Bill C-12. To paraphrase the Privacy Commissioner, the Conservatives are taking a soft approach when it comes to protecting Canadians' privacy online. ... more

    June 7, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Christian Paradis
    Christian Paradis spoke about Oral Questions > Privacy

    Mr. Speaker, naturally we thank the commissioner for her report. Our government is truly determined to protect Canadians' privacy. ... more

    June 7, 2013,   Parliament
  • Dr. Michael Geist (Canada Research Chair, Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa, As an Individual) spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    May 28, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise this evening to address this bill. I have never had the honour of sitting on the statutory instruments regulations committee. It sounds as if it might be a very interesting committee. I do find it most fascinating that the government has chosen to use this particular bill, given that we are allocated four or five hours, which is probably more hours of debate than for many other pieces of legislation. However, at the end of the day, it is going to be interesting. I suspect that we might see differing opinions. We in the Liberal Party have a great deal of concern with regard to this bill. We cannot see ourselves supporting it at this time, and we will have to wait and see what happens at committee stage and see if the government is going to be able to address the issues. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Laurin Liu
    Laurin Liu spoke about Private Members' Business > Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act

    Before I begin, Mr. Speaker, I would like to remind the members opposite that Bill C-475 does not represent a comprehensive review of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, and for that reason, it cannot be compared with the government’s Bill C-12, which does in fact constitute a thorough review and is much broader in scope. Therefore I would invite the members to learn more about this bill before criticizing it. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Lake
    Mike Lake spoke about Private Members' Business > Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to comment on private member's Bill C-475 tabled by my colleague, the member of Parliament for Terrebonne—Blainville. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Murray Rankin
    Murray Rankin spoke about Private Members' Business > Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise today in support of Bill C-475, put forward by my colleague from Terrebonne—Blainville. This is an extremely important initiative for all Canadians. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Scott Andrews
    Scott Andrews spoke about Private Members' Business > Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act

    Mr. Speaker, I listened to the member talking about supporting Bill C-12. The problem is that the bill has been sitting on the order paper now for almost a year and the government has done absolutely nothing in advancing it, so that we could get it to committee and have a debate on it. One thing that Bill C-475 does is move forward the debate on privacy and the access to and protection of people's private information. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Parm Gill
    Parm Gill spoke about Private Members' Business > Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to private member's Bill C-475. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Charlie Angus
    Charlie Angus spoke about Private Members' Business > Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act

    Mr. Speaker, what is concerning about Bill C-12, which the government has brought forward, is that it actually lowers the standards for the protection of privacy rights in this country. It allows a subjective test for companies that are dealing with a data breach. The threshold now is that a company assesses significant risk before it informs citizens. It is as if the government is trying to create a hackers' paradise in Canada. It has no standards for defending private information when it is lost in its offices. It does not inform the Privacy Commissioner. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Charmaine Borg
    Charmaine Borg spoke about Private Members' Business > Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act

    moved that bill C-475, An Act to amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (order-making power), be read the second time and referred to a committee. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, this afternoon we will continue the debate on today’s opposition motion from the NDP. Pursuant to the rules of the House, time is allocated and there will be a vote after the two-day debate. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Stella Ambler
    Stella Ambler spoke about Government Orders > The Budget > Financial Statement of Minister of Finance

    Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to have this opportunity to speak about economic action plan 2013, which was put forward by the Minister of Finance last week. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Michel Bédard spoke

    That is the biggest difference that jumped out at me. There are also smaller discrepancies, such as the one that I just mentioned. ... more

    March 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Michel Bédard spoke

    Yes. In Bill C-475, for example, there is a provision to authorize the commissioner to take action against an organization that has lost private information. There is no similar provision in Bill C-12. That's an example. ... more

    March 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Michel Bédard spoke

    This bill will amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act with respect to compliance orders, and also with respect to loss of information. Portions of this bill are already in Bill C-12, which is a government-sponsored bill, but there are also elements of Bill C-475 that are not in Bill C-12. ... more

    March 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Charlie Angus
    Charlie Angus spoke about Government Orders > Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Tse Act

    Mr. Speaker, section 184.4 of the Criminal Code was struck down by the Supreme Court because the lack of definitions was seriously problematic. To put it in context, we were dealing with a criminal activity that was brought to the court. This was not about spying on ordinary Canadian citizens, which some of my colleagues on the other side would like to be able to do. This was about a criminal act and still the Supreme Court said that even in the case of a criminal act, the rule of law must apply. Therefore, the government had to define who was eligible to get that information. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Scott Simms
    Scott Simms spoke about Government Orders > Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Tse Act

    Mr. Speaker, just on a quick point of clarification, I appreciate the parallels the member drew with Bill C-12 and ensuring that the “officer” is defined as a “police officer” and not just a “peace officer”, but my understanding from the decision from R. v. Tse is that it has more to do with the notification of the person whose communications were intercepted. That was the breach. There was an add-on after that about defining the police officer and such. However, I would like the member to comment on this further, because he is onto a good point.

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Charlie Angus
    Charlie Angus spoke about Government Orders > Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Tse Act

    Mr. Speaker, as always, it is a great honour to rise in this House on behalf of the people of Timmins—James Bay, who have put their trust in me to work on the issues of legislation before the House. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Charmaine Borg
    Charmaine Borg spoke about Government Orders > Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Tse Act

    Mr. Speaker, we know this government has very little respect for privacy. We have seen this in the speeches made by my colleagues here, and in the bills this government has introduced. We also see that it has little respect for the provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the rights and freedoms that are guaranteed to Canadians. From time to time, it introduces bills that are at odds with the Constitution. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Matthew Kellway
    Matthew Kellway spoke about Government Orders > Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Tse Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Timmins—James Bay for his struggle on behalf of Canadians and their interest in their privacy rights, in particular with respect to the bills he mentioned, Bill C-12 and Bill C-30. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Charlie Angus
    Charlie Angus spoke about Government Orders > Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Tse Act

    Mr. Speaker, I listened with great interest to my hon. colleague's excellent discourse on this issue. I have a number of questions that I will try to get to in the limited time I have. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin

    Okay, but I think you may have misunderstood my question. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hoang Mai
    Hoang Mai spoke

    Thank you. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
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