#CyberFLASH: Vancouver rallies to protest Conservatives’ “secret police bill” C-51

10712553Internet activist group OpenMedia might send out more press releases than any other nonprofit in the Vancouver area.

Its latest release promotes a “massive” national day of action planned for Saturday (March 14).

At issue is Bill C-51, which is titled the “Anti-terrorism Act, 2015″ but is being called the “secret police bill” by opponents.

An OpenMedia website says the legislation “turns CSIS into a ‘secret police’ force with little oversight or accountability”, “opens the door for violations of our Charter Rights including censorship of free expression online”, and “will lead to dragnet surveillance and information sharing on innocent Canadians that even Stephen Harper has admitted is ineffective”.

“This bill encourages reckless sharing of our sensitive private information, dangerous new powers for CSIS, and offers zero accountability or oversight,” Steve Anderson, OpenMedia executive director, stated in today’s (March 10) release. “Everyone knows the Conservative government is bad on privacy issues, but Bill C-51 takes it to a whole new level.”

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