Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic
Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) is a legal clinic at the University of Ottawa
University of Ottawa
The University of Ottawa is a bilingual, research-intensive, non-denominational, international university in Ottawa, Ontario. It is one of the oldest universities in Canada. It was originally established as the College of Bytown in 1848 by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate...

 focused on maintaining fair and balanced policy making in Canada related to technology. Founded in the fall of 2003 by Michael Geist
Michael Geist
Michael Allen Geist is a Canadian academic, and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa. Geist was educated at the University of Western Ontario where he received his Bachelors of Laws before going on to get his Masters of Laws at both Osgoode Hall Law...

, its headquarters is at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Common Law Section.

History and mission

CIPPIC was initially founded on a grant from's Cy Pres Fund that was matched by the Ontario Research Network for Electronic Commerce. CIPPIC continues to operate through donations and the support of the University of Ottawa.

CIPPIC has as its mission "to fill voids in public policy debates on technology law issues, ensure balance in policy and law-making processes, and provide legal assistance to under-represented organizations and individuals on matters involving the intersection of law and technology" and "to provide a high quality and rewarding clinical legal education experience to students of law."

Projects and initiatives

  • June 2008 - Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic is part of a coalition against the proposed Canadian copyright legislation known as Bill C-61. The controversial bill would strengthen the position of copyright holders with Digital Millennium Copyright Act
    Digital Millennium Copyright Act
    The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is a United States copyright law that implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization . It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to...

    -style provisions.
  • May 2008 - CIPPIC files PIPEDA
    Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act
    The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act is a Canadian law relating to data privacy. It governs how private sector organizations collect, use and disclose personal information in the course of commercial business. In addition, the Act contains various provisions to...

     complaint against Facebook
    Facebook is a social networking service and website launched in February 2004, operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. , Facebook has more than 800 million active users. Users must register before using the site, after which they may create a personal profile, add other users as...

  • January 2008 - CIPPIC calls on government to establish a central, online registry of corporate data breaches.

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