MONDAY, December 6, 1999

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology has the honour to table its


Your Committee, to which was referred the subject matter of Bill C-6, an Act to support and promote electronic commerce by protecting personal information that is collected, used or disclosed in certain circumstances, by providing for the use of electronic means to communicate or record information or transactions and by amending the Canada Evidence Act, the Statutory Instruments Act and the Statute Revision Act, in obedience to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, November 24, 1999, that the subject matter be reported back in two reports: one dealing with Part 1 of the Bill and the other Parts 2-5 of the Bill, has examined the said subject matter and now reports as follows on Parts 2-5:

Witnesses before the Committee focused almost entirely on Part 1 of Bill C-6. As a result, there were few comments on Parts 2-5. One concern expressed, however, was that all stakeholders be consulted when regulations under Part 2 relating to secure electronic signatures are developed.

The Committee did not receive sufficient evidence on Parts 2 to 5 of the bill in order for it to comment on the specific provisions of these parts. Nevertheless, the Committee notes that there would appear to be broad support for these parts of the bill.

Attached as an appendix to this Report is the list of witnesses who appeared before the Committee on the subject matter of Bill C-6.

Respectfully submitted,


Michael Kirby

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