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Consumer groups warn MPs against site-blocking pitches

Media | 11/06/2018 1:55 pm EST

OTTAWA — Consumer advocacy groups are cautioning MPs against proposals that would make site-blocking in Canada easier, after a push for those anti-piracy policies failed at the CRTC failed last month. Representatives from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) warned MPs on the House of Commons industry committee Monday against proposals similar to FairPlay Canada’s CRTC ask for a new website-blocking regime to deal with internet piracy. John Lawford, executive director at PIAC, said “expedient judicial...

Appoint cyber czar, endorse certification program: Chamber of Commerce

telecom | 04/03/2017 8:59 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility, but the federal government needs to take a leadership role to help stem the flow of money draining from the Canadian economy due to attacks on businesses, according to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Canada loses about $3.12 billion per year due to cyber crime, or 0.17 per cent of gross domestic product, the business association said in a report released Monday. The most obvious effects are the direct financial costs and...