The NDP is calling for a charter of digital rights

News 28 March, 2018
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    Wednesday, 28 march 2018 17:49

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    OTTAWA – In the wake of the scandal over the violation of the private data of millions of users of Facebook, the New democratic Party (NDP) called for the adoption of a charter which would protect the digital rights of Canadians.

    “At this time, the issues of digital are at the forefront of discussions of citizens. In the last years, several disturbing events have affected both our economy, our privacy, our democracy,” said at a press conference on Wednesday, the spokesperson for the NDP on matters of science and technology, Brian Mass.

    His party will leave in two weeks a motion in the House of commons in order to apply for a canadian bill of digital rights.

    The charter desired by the NDP would provide a framework for the government to protect “the existence of digital” of Canadians, on issues as varied as privacy, consumption, or the democratic life.

    In addition to the recent revelations regarding the ownership of the data of 50 million users Facebook by the firm, Cambridge Analytica, the NDP has cited the example of cases as diverse as the mobile devices that catch fire, as we have seen in 2016 with Samsung, or the alien attempts to influence an election, such as the Russian federation is suspected of having done during the last us elections.

    “The digital landscape is constantly changing and there is nothing in place to protect and inform consumers before they become another scandal,” said Mr. Masse.

    Among the protections provided by the charter of digital rights, we find the access to affordable telecommunications services, the citizens ‘ consent to the use of their private data, the development of skills in digital literacy and the principle of neutrality of the web.