Perhaps just for the record as we debate the subamendment and the amendment, there are a few points that I again remain unconvinced on.
Proposed subsection 24(1) says that despite the subsections which lead to the prohibitions on obtaining Canadians' information.... Then, obviously we go to proposed paragraph 24(1)(a), which says “acquiring, using, analysing, retaining or disclosing”. The word “disclosing” is important, because the information-sharing regime, which has changed names from C-51 in the last Parliament, but which still remains in place, uses the word “disclosing”. When the minister appeared before our committee, he specifically said that disclosing was meant to narrow the amount of information that would be shared, under the previous wording, between departments.
I'm wondering, if you say “acquiring, using, analysing, retaining, or disclosing publicly available information”.... We've been down this rabbit hole a few times with this committee, and I'm understanding that I will no doubt lose my fight—I apologize for my cynicism—to fix that part of the bill.
In the meantime, I think the least we can do to protect Canadians' privacy is to have the most robust definition possible. I know, at least in my experience as part of this committee process—and I of course say that with all due respect to officials who come—the tendency is to be averse to change and robust definitions. Again, I say that with all due respect.
I want to perhaps go back to officials, because we're talking about the charter statement. I don't think the charter statement, or even the charter itself I dare say, would take into account some of the new realities that we're dealing with as parliamentarians, in particular the information such as the information obtained by firms like Cambridge Analytica.
I'm wondering if I can direct my question to Mr. Millar. It's the same question that I asked you last time in committee. Would that type of information from Facebook fall under the current definition, unamended, as was drafted in the bill and be obtainable as publicly available information?