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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 96
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 8:47 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Presiding
Bob Zimmer, Chair (Conservative)

Library of Parliament
• Alexandra Savoie, Analyst
• Maxime-Olivier Thibodeau, Analyst
e-Governance Academy
• Liia Hänni, Senior Expert
• Raul Rikk, Programme Director, National Cyber Security
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(h)(vii) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the Committee commenced its study of Privacy of Digital Government Services.

By unanimous consent, it was agreed, — That, notwithstanding the Committee routine motion on the distribution of documents, adopted on Tuesday, February 4, 2016, the PowerPoint Presentation of the witnesses be shown in English only.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

By unanimous consent, it was agreed, — That Nathaniel Erskine-Smith be permitted to move the motion standing in the name of Charlie Angus.

Motion

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith moved, — That, in light of the large data breach perpetrated by Cambridge Analytica and unreported by Facebook for several years, the Committee conduct a study of the privacy implications of platform monopolies and possible national and international regulatory and legislative remedies to assure the privacy of citizens’ data and the integrity of democratic and electoral processes across the globe; including testimony from the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, Christopher Wylie, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Daniel Therrien, as well as directors and executives of large platform companies such as Facebook, Amazon and Google.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

At 8:58 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:02 a.m., the sitting resumed.

e-Governance Academy
• Liia Hänni, Senior Expert
• Raul Rikk, Programme Director, National Cyber Security
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(h)(vii) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the Committee resumed its study of Privacy of Digital Government Services.

Liia Hänni and Raul Rikk answered questions.

At 10:40 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:40 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — That a proposed budget in the amount of $28,300.00, for the study of Privacy of Digital Government Services, be adopted.

At 10:45 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Jean-Denis Kusion
Clerk of the Committee