#CyberFLASH: Bill C-51 A Threat To Safety Of Internet Users, Firefox Maker Mozilla Says

10712553The Harper government’s anti-terrorism bill has a new opponent: The Firefox web browser.

The Mozilla project, the open-source software community behind the Firefox browser, has issued a statement urging the federal government not to go ahead with Bill C-51.

The bill’s move to broadly expand information sharing between governments and give new powers to Canada’s intel agencies will “undermine user trust, threaten the openness of the Web, and reduce the security of the Internet and its users,” Mozilla internet policy director Jochai Ben-Avie said in a statement published on the Mozilla blog.

“C-51 is sweeping in scope, including granting Canadian intelligence agencies CSIS and CSE new authority for offensive online attacks, as well as allowing these agencies to obtain significant amounts of information held by the Canadian government,” Ben-Avie wrote.

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