Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Controversial Bill C-30 re Online Surveillance - Canada

Bill  C-30 re Online Surveillance in Canada was always going to be controversial and regarded as dangerous by privacy advocates.  However, the statement (see below) that seems to disallow any respect for those who would oppose this bill has caused great concern. 

I have not yet personally read this bill (link provided below).  However, it is very disconcerting that reporters who claim to have read it, are saying on national television that other than in the title, the bill makes no specific reference to child pornography.

Toews Has Been Smearing Online Surveillance Critics For Weeks http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/6322/125/

QUOTE:     (Statement that I bolded in red has increased controversy.)
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews' shocking comments on critics of online surveillance in the House of Commons yesterday have attracted widespread media attention with coverage in the Globe, CBC, and Postmedia. Toews responded to questions about online surveillance by accusing critics of siding with child pornographers:

As technology evolves, many criminal activities, such as the distribution of child pornography, become much easier. We are proposing measures to bring our laws into the 21st century and to provide the police with the lawful tools that they need. He can either stand with us or with the child pornographers.
UNQUOTE:

Bill C-30     -     first reading, February 14, 2012
An Act to enact the Investigating and Preventing Criminal Electronic Communications Act and to amend the Criminal Code and other Acts
Short Title:
   This Act may be cited as the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act.

http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=5380965

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