Canada’s Privacy Community Speaks Out on DRM, Privacy and Copyright

On Wednesday, May 16, 2006, we sent an open letter and Background Paper to Minister of Canadian Heritage Bev Oda and Industry Minister Maxime Bernier voicing our concerns with the use and proposed legal protection of “digital rights management” (DRM) technology in Canada. In our letter, we offer to work with policy makers and politicians on this issue, and seek assurances that:

  1. any proposed copyright reforms will prioritize privacy protection by including a full privacy consultation and a full privacy impact assessment with the introduction of any copyright reform bill;
  2. any proposed anti-circumvention provisions will create no negative privacy impact; and
  3. any proposed copyright reforms will include pro-active privacy protections that, for example, enshrine the rights of Canadians to access and enjoy copyright works anonymously and in private.