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Canada's Defence Minister Peter MacKay speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, April 4, 2012.
Canada's Defence Minister Peter MacKay speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, April 4, 2012.
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In the fine print, Tory cyberbullying bill gives legal immunity to some

The preferred metaphor of government lawyers is “security blanket,” but mine was derived from Monopoly. “Is this a get-of-jail-free card?” I asked them.

We were discussing Bill C-13, the so-called cyberbullying bill now being weighed by Parliament, but the word “cyberbullying” never really came up. Rather, the attention focused on one little clause, the one stating that should any cops come calling for a record in the course of an investigation, then anyone who “preserves data or provides a document in those circumstances does not incur any criminal or civil liability for doing so.”