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Canadians For Digital Privacy. Fight Bill C-46 and C-47 in their present form.

You may remember a blogpost I did a couple of days ago where I said a couple of proposed new bills from the Conservative government may be a new threat to privacy rights in Canada. Those would be Bill C-46 and C-47, which among other things would grant police eavesdropping and snooping powers on the internet without needing to get a warrant from a judge.

I said there should and would be opposition to these bills, and the first step in that public opposition has formed on the internet with the formation of this group – Canadians For Digital Privacy, which briefly explains why it has formed this group and opposes these bills in their present form:

Canadian Public Safety Minister, Peter Van Loan, introduced legislation which will allow police to access personal information about the sender or receiver of any electronic message without a warrant. If there is truly any need for our private details, a judge will see that and grant a warrant. We will not stand for this descent towards fascism!

I see Professor Michael Geist, who led (and still leads) the fight against American-style copyright law has joined this group, and indeed, there’s a link on the site to his article about these new proposals, which I mentioned in my blogpost from before, and which bears repeating:

…it should be stated that everyone wants to ensure that police have the ability to deal with serious crime.  Lawful access has been on the public agenda for years, with law enforcement has demanded new powers but not providing compelling evidence that the current system has created serious barriers to their investigations.  For example, last year CIRA caved to law enforcement pressure for a backdoor to WHOIS domain name registrant information.  More than a year later, law enforcement has never once used this backdoor.  Given the potential for misuse (Greece, U.S. telcos), the onus should be on law enforcement to demonstrate how the current system has harmed investigations and then we should work on ensuring that there is always – including for customer name and address information – appropriate court oversight.

If you are a Canadian who is concerned about police snooping and eavedropping on people without judicial oversight, then join the group (this is a Facebook group that is using the new links that Facebook implemented recently. The creator of this group has stated he intends to get a more comprehensive website up soon).


2 comments to Canadians For Digital Privacy. Fight Bill C-46 and C-47 in their present form.

  • kwittet

    I dont break the lae unless you call rolling through stop signs and failing to signal every now and then. Its like people who are opposed to CCTV in Urban areas. I say if you are doing nothing wrong then I dont care. If they want to read 25 emails a day about me setting up rides in old war planes go for it.

  • I read in the Globe and Mail yesterday that the Federal Court told the police that it had invaded Mr. Harkat’s privacy and ordered the police to return all items to him. Even though there are court orders placed on Mr. Harkat, the police cannot just show up at his residence at anytime and remove items.

    On to the Conservative internet bills:

    I have a strong feeling that parts or all of these bills may be struck down by the Supreme Court if these bills ever become law. The court will probably state that the police still need probable cause and judicial warrants. I don’t think the primary purpose of these bills is to give the police more powers. I think its to show that the opposition could be in bed with perverts who look at child pornography and terrorists who wish to emulate “Pinky and the Brain” and take over the world. Pardon the pun about the perverts.

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