#CyberFLASH: Government using fear of cyber-bullying to invade Canadians’ privacy

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CALGARY — It takes a pretty special issue to unite our two organizations in common cause. But our government is working to push a privacy-gutting bill through Parliament, using very cynical means: exploiting our grief over the loss of two teenage victims of online harassment.

It’s called the Cyber Bullying Bill, but it’s really an attempt to legalize unprecedented government access to our online activity. The tragic deaths of Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd must not be ignored, but a major invasion of our online privacy is not the answer.

When the original bill was introduced it was called the “Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act,” made famous for its vigorous defence by then-public safety minister Vic Toews, who told us that standing against this attack on privacy was “standing with the child pornographers.”

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