Pending cybersecurity bill could leave Canada vulnerable to Chinese data theft: Bloc MP

Brock-Québec MP Simon-Pierre-Savart-Tremblay is concerned that the pending legislation currently being debated in the House of Commons does not adequately address certain Canadian cybersecurity issues related to national security. ing.

If passed, Bill C-26 would require major Canadian companies in the banking and telecommunications industries to improve their cybersecurity measures and report cyberattacks to the police, regardless of ransom costs. request that you

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Speaking about China’s digital data collection system, using 5G technology, Savard-Tremblay said it could be used in unexpected ways against Canadian companies in the future. He cited a number of Chinese companies he believes pose potential security risks, including Alibaba and Tencent.

“China has built a formidable digital system,” he said. “There is a reason why we are constantly increasing data storage. There is no doubt that cybersecurity issues are at the heart of the current global economic war that is engulfing our increasingly multipolar world.”

“We have to admit this. We have to act.”

Earlier this year, the government banned Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE from Canada’s 5G wireless infrastructure, citing national security concerns as the reason for Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino.

The ban prevents Canadian companies from deploying equipment for 4G and 5G networks manufactured by Huawei or ZTE.

At a press conference in Ottawa on May 19, Mendicino said, “Our government is committed to broad and thorough implementation of 5G wireless telecommunications technology, including by service providers who pose a high risk to the integrity of our telecommunications sector. We have conducted extensive security checks,” he said.

“Very Real Cyber ​​Threats”

The parliamentary secretary for the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Liberal government, acknowledged that Bill C-26 could cover more ground, but said legislation was “just one step”.

Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux said in the House of Commons on December 1:

“Don’t our members agree that this is just one step? We have literally invested tens of millions of dollars in cyber threats over the years.”

Despite Savard-Tremblay’s criticism of the bill, he admitted that Bullock still supported the bill.

“I’m not even sure if this step is enough, but it’s a step in the right direction,” he said.

But Christopher Parsons, a researcher at the University of Toronto’s Citizens Research Institute, wrote a report in October that said Bill C-26 was a “bad law” and needed many amendments.

The report recommends amending the bill to remove confidentiality clauses that Parsons said could lead to a lack of government transparency.

Parsons wrote that “unamended Bill C-26” could set a precedent for “unaccountable, secretive and repressive ‘security’ laws.”

“Security can and must be aligned with Canadian democratic principles,” he wrote. “It’s up to the government to amend the law accordingly.”

Canadian Press contributed to this report.

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Peter Wilson is a reporter based in Ontario, Canada.