The Harper government is trying to sneak through a dangerous and costly set
of online spying bills. If passed, these bills will create a mandatory
new registry of your private electronic data and force you to pay for
*Most people don't know about the invasive online spying bills that
will be rammed through Parliament this fall*, so Canadians are
stepping up to the plate, using social media and online videos to
educate their fellow citizens.
The Stop Online Spying national public education campaign launches
today with the release of three citizen-produced videos at
Those lobbying in favour of this scheme have even asked for the power
to dictate how mobile devices are made and how online services work,
so that they can force providers to hand over information from text
messages, email, cellphones, and online activity. *This scheme will
hinder Internet choice, hurt small businesses, and hit the wallets of
ordinary Canadians. *
If we don't act now to spread the word, it will become nearly
impossible to stop online spying.
*Check out the videos today, and share them with everyone you know.*
This is no joke guys so please support this campaign!
Strange that no one, privacy commissioners, legal experts, academics, etc. believes that!
Following the outcry over the former proposed online spying bills the government has attempted to defend its stance on warrantless disclosure of subscriber information, (Why bother if they do not intend to reintroduce this?), arguing such identifiers are analogous to what can be found in a phone book.
Many have pointed out the flaws in Minister Toews’ obfuscating analogy; on its 'merits' Commissioner Cavoukian adds:
"Consider just one of the new threats to our fundamental freedoms: police could force telecoms to provide the name, address and unique device number of people (enabling online tracking) who posted comments on newspapers' websites under pseudonyms - without a warrant, without explanation and in secret."
Adding insult to injury, the legislation would also pave the way to gag orders that would prevent ISPs from notifying subscribers that their private data has been disclosed, preventing Canadians from ever knowing (outside of court!) that the government had collected large swathes of information about them.
David Fraser, former Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Privacy and Access Law Section, explains why lawful access legislation should not be allowed:
"We expect to carry on our lawful lives free from police intrusion unless a judge can be persuaded that the police are justified in their intrusion into your life, including the fact that the intrusion relates to a lawful investigation into criminal wrongdoing. Lawful access would remove the only check and balance, allowing police the ability monitor citizens without any reason."
Incidentally (on purpose), requiring 'certain telecommunications networks to have interception capabilities' would be infeasible for most independent ISPs, effectively destroying them.
In a distressing yet compelling blog post,
Chris Parsons meticulously dissects Toews’ spinalogy. He details just how much information is contained in a single lawful access “phone record”, demonstrating that the government is seeking information that grossly exceeds what is contained in phone book pages today.
If similar bills are introduced in the coming weeks or months, Canadians must mobilize to fight to protect their data and communications from excessive state surveillance.
So please read Parsons' blog post, and if you have not yet done so add your voice to the growing coalition against this invasive agenda at http://StopSpying.ca.
Free access to the Internet is our last bastion of freedom. It is folly to increase police powers,they are well paid and act as a para military to suppress public protest against unfair government policy. Protesting at the G20 in Toronto was a taste of what could come,the police were scary. Thanks Brumman!
I pay for the service too but I love the opportunity for people who aren't well off,who do not own their own computer to access the Internet as they do at our city libraries thanks to the Bill Gates Foundation.
The reports that the music industry lobby (along with the Entertainment Software Association of Canada and the movie lobby) is seeking the inclusion of SOPA-style provisions into Bill C-11 has generated considerable discussion online and in the mainstream media (CBC, Financial Post). Yesterday, Balanced Copyright for Canada, the group backed by the music industry, fired back with several tweets claiming that opposing their reforms would benefit "illegal BitTorrent sites"and "illegal hosting sites." Leaving aside the fact that if these sites are illegal, they are by-definition already in violation of current law, the claims point to what seems likely to become a SOPA-like scare campaign that seeks to paint skeptics of CRIA demands as supporters of piracy.
These claims involve two different issues with Bill C-11. The first are the digital lock provisions, which dozens of organizations (including businesses, the Retail Council of Canada, creator groups, consumer groups, and education associations) have argued are overly restrictive. The proposed solution is to link circumvention of a digital lock with actual copyright infringement, an approach that is consistent with the WIPO Internet treaties and has been adopted by trading partners such as New Zealand and Switzerland (Canada even proposed the approach in Bill C-60). These amendments would not legalize hacking businesses, but rather ensure that the same balance that exists offline is retained in the digital environment.
The second issue involves expansion of the "enabler provision" currently proposed in Bill C-11. I have pointed out that Canadian law appears to effectively address these sites as the music industry is currently suing isoHunt for millions of dollars based on the current law. In the event that more certainty is needed, the current enabler provision would grant even more powers to rights holders to target these sites. Yet that is apparently not good enough for the music, software, and movie lobby groups, who want to expand the enabler provision to include SOPA-like liability as well as add website blocking injunctions to Canadian law. The danger with this approach is that it threatens to target perfectly legitimate websites. Arguing against an overbroad enabler provision is not siding with illegal sites, but rather ensuring that legal ones are not caught by the dragnet.
well the problem is the anachronistic concept of copyright - it exists to hamper innovation not encourage it. Remember "artists" see next to nothing as reward for their ingenuity and efforts, rather it's the copyright holders, usually corporations or other businesses, who purchase these so called rights and even manage to get them extended beyond the original term. It's ludicrous that works of people who've been dead for over 50 years should still be under this money grasping lock - who are the real pirates then?
As for music and films etc - the losses are all nonsensical projections. I for one would never buy any dvd, cd, disc,software etc so they certainly have not lost any sales from me and this is the case for the vast majority of the so called pirated works! Remember companies have always tried to monopolise their products with patents and copyright laws - Bell originally tried to prevent extension phones - you were supposed to have separate lines!
Don't let apathy reign!
Even right wing rags such as the National Post and Calgary Herald are opposed to this dangerous lunacy that the Harper-Toews orwellian gang are trying to foist upon us! Please, if you haven’t already done so - read these articles below, and think seriously about contacting the Liberals, NDP and Green parties to offer your support in overturning this vicious assault upon Canadians’ liberties, and indeed pockets, because this WILL cost us all dearly!
Who'd have thought that we could see totalitarian government gain control in Canada - and who thought that police can always be trusted to be honest! LOL
So along with Kathleen, own up those of you in the less than 25% of the total electorate who voted for this "Government" - I guess you’d still be supporting Assad too!
Calgary Herald: Online Spying Bill pushing through despite public outcry
National Post: Even officials from Public Safety Canada take issue with online spying