Public Safety Minister Vic Toews took a break last week from his busy schedule of tracking down terrorist environmentalists, expanding the prison system, and approving information swaps with torturers to put Bill C-30, the disingenuously named Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, before parliament.
The proposed legislation immediately led to a storm of protest from the opposition parties, civil libertarians, privacy advocates — including government privacy commissioners — and members of the general public (Terry Milewski, “Online surveillance bill opens door for Big Brother,” CBC News, 17 February 2012).
As described by OpenMedia.ca, the proposed law would “force every phone and Internet provider to allow ‘authorities’ to collect the private information of any Canadian, at any time, without a warrant.”
This bizarre legislation will create Internet surveillance that is:
- Warrantless: A range of “authorities” will have the ability to access the private information of law-abiding Canadians and our families using wired Internet and mobile devices, without justification.
- Invasive: The laws leave our personal and financial information less secure and more susceptible to cybercrime.
- Costly: Internet services providers may be forced to install millions of dollars worth of spying technology and the cost will be passed down to YOU.
Please join the more than 100,000 Canadians who have signed the online petition opposing this Orwellian law.