Canadian organizations join campaign to protest NSA Internet surveillance

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TORONTO – Canadian organizations have joined forces with American counterparts, including Internet giant Mozilla, to launch a campaign protesting the U.S. government’s Internet surveillance program.

StopWatching.Us calls on citizens and organizations from across the globe to call on the National Security Agency (NSA) to provide a better explanation of what online data, communications and interactions are being monitored.

The Privacy and Access Council of Canada, a Canadian non-profit privacy advocate, has joined the campaign along with Canadian journalist and author Cory Doctorow.

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Federal government kills Internet-snooping bill

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OTTAWA — Almost one year after introducing its controversial Internet-surveillance bill, the federal government has conceded the legislation is officially dead due to public outrage.

Shortly after tabling new legislation that incorporates some of the less contentious elements of Bill C-30 related to emergency wiretaps, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson admitted Monday that the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act will not proceed.

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Law Enforcement Renews Demand for Internet Surveillance Legislation

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police renewed its call for Internet surveillance legislation on Friday, urging the government to move forward with Bill C-30. The CACP release included a new video and backgrounder. Law enforcement officials now admit that parts of the bill require amendment, yet as David Fraser points out in this detailed post, the reality is that “lawful access” is irretrievably broken (I’ve posted in the past on the many changes that are needed to restore balance to Bill C-30). As Fraser argues with respect to mandatory disclosure of personal information:

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Update: OpenMedia.ca still standing against online spying bill C-30

CANADA    More than 140,000 people have signed OpenMedia.ca‘s campaign to Stop Online Spying; a petition against bill C-30, which threatens to give law enforcement and government officials lawful access to Canadians’ telephone and internet records and other personal information without warrant or disclosure.

In a recent OpenMedia.ca update (below) one cyber security expert, Christopher Parsons, confirms innocent Canadians [are] likely to be caught up in a digital dragnet of warrantless online spying. Highlights of Christopher Parsons’ research can found on OpenMedia’s blog here and in greater detail on his blog here

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The Stop Online Spying petition can be found here

Ontario police chiefs say Anonymous attack won’t change their minds on C-30

OTTAWA – A cyber attack on the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police has not dissuaded police from supporting a controversial federal bill on Internet surveillance, an association spokesman said Saturday.

Joe Couto said the website of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police had been hacked by Anonymous late Friday afternoon because of the association’s support of Bill C-30.

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