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Four countries join international committee on big data, privacy, and democracy

Prince Geoerge-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer Credit: Bernard Thibodeau, House of Commons Photo Services
Prince Geoerge-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer Credit: Bernard Thibodeau, House of Commons Photo Services

The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics announced today that representatives from Ecuador, Mexico, Morocco as well as Trinidad and Tobago will be attending the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy May 27-29.

Representatives from Argentina, Chile, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Singapore, and the United Kingdom will also be joining Canada in Ottawa to hear from a wide variety of expert witnesses on how governments can protect democracy and citizen rights in the age of big data. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and the Mozilla Foundation will also be attending and giving testimony.

“I am looking forward to welcoming our international colleagues to Ottawa next week and sharing our knowledge and best practices for tackling the issues surrounding big data, privacy and democracy,” Bob Zimmer, MP and Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. “Together we now represent over 440 million citizens from five different continents. If Mark Zuckerberg is sincere in his commitment to discuss these issues with lawmakers, he will comply with our subpoena and show up.”