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To build trust in the Internet marketplace, the Canadian government has developed a light and responsive policy framework:
- an open approach to cryptography, allowing for the use of strong encryption with no mandatory key recovery;
- enlightened privacy legislation now working its way through Parliament, based on extensive consultations with the private sector and founded on standards developed by the Canadian Standards Association. When passed, we have every expectation Canada’s privacy legislation will comport with the European Union privacy directive; and
- voluntary consumer guidelines developed in concert with key stakeholders are to be released soon.
[Note: At the end of June 1999, Bill C-54, which addresses the protection of personal information, was still before Parliament. When Parliament resumes sitting in late September, it is expected that the bill will proceed.]