#CyberFLASH: 5 things to know about Ottawa’s new anti-terrorism measures

passport30.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxThe Conservative government introduced anti-terrorism legislation on Friday that would greatly increase powers for spies inside Canada.

Here are five things you should know:

1. The legislation would require building owners to let CSIS agents bug tenants’ rooms, if there’s a court order.

2.The legislation would create a new criminal offence: “advocating or promoting” terrorist activities. This refers to both online and offline activities. It would make it illegal to advocate attacks but not to praise them.

3.Airline boarding passes would be blocked for suspected terrorists. The retooled system would deny a boarding pass to anyone deemed to be a national security threat, even if there is no explicit plan to attack a plane.

4. Internet service providers would be required to take down websites featuring terrorist propaganda. This would require a court order and apply only to websites in Canada.

5.There would be an easier exchange of security-related information about passport holders. The new Security of Canada Information Sharing Act would allow officials to proactively share information with other security agencies.

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