Surveillance not to be used for copyright enforcement: Ontario Privacy Commissioner

A US federal judge recently ruled that Google must hand over the records of all videos users have watched on YouTube to Viacom, the media giant that is suing Google for failing to censor videos posted to YouTube.

In an open letter to Google, the Ontario Privacy Commissioner encourages Google to challenge the ruling and states, “business should not, in my opinion, rely on the surveillance of consumers to protect their copyright interests.  It is not acceptable to allow copyright enforcement to come at the expense of users’ privacy.”

I couldn’t agree more, and I’m impressed at the activist position the privacy commissioner is taking in the case.  I wonder what her opinions of Canada’s proposed copyright laws would be.

A pdf version of her letter is available here.

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