Justice and Consumer Affairs

Joint working group to examine legislation to protect children's privacy (09/12/04)

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Dec. 4, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A joint working group between the Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs and the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate has been formed to review legislative changes that would better protect the personal information of children posted online.

Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister Michael Murphy and Child and Youth Advocate Bernard Richard made the announcement this morning.

"Our government is committed to protecting New Brunswick's most vulnerable residents," said Murphy. "I am confident this working group will help ensure our legislation meets the challenges of a technology-driven world."

The working group will examine the recommendations outlined in the discussion paper, There Ought to be a Law: Protecting Children's Online Privacy in the 21st Century. The report was written by a working group of child and youth advocates and privacy commissioners from across the country that was chaired by Richard.

The discussion paper makes a series of recommendations, including limiting the collection of children's personal information through commercial websites and requiring all individuals to report instances of child pornography.

"Our youth are constantly connected with their peers and the outside world through technology," said Richard. "This is a new reality we live in, and the working group has the opportunity to consider what it can do to make the online world safer for children."


MEDIA CONTACTS: Mary Moszynski, communications, Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs, 506-444-3153; Bernard Richard, Office of the Child and Youth Advocate, 506-453-2789 or 1-888-465-1100.