Nov. 20, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government supports the need to better shield children from online predators, Attorney General Michael Murphy said today.
Murphy, who is also the minister of justice and consumer affairs, has instructed officials to examine a recent report to determine what role provincial legislation could play in ensuring the online personal information of children is protected.
"Our government is committed to protecting our most vulnerable residents," Murphy said. "Children should be able to go on line without having their browsing habits or personal information gleaned by those seeking to exploit them."
The discussion paper There Ought to be a Law: Protecting Children's Online Privacy in the 21st century was released this week by a working group comprised of federal, provincial and territorial child and youth advocates as well as privacy commissioners.
"I commend Child and Youth Advocate Bernard Richard for his work as chairman of this important committee," Murphy said.
MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Moszynski, communications, Office of Attorney General, 506-444-3154.