#CyberFLASH: Online spying bill goes too far

 

large_cybersecPeter MacKay’s online spying Bill C-13 will enable authorities to monitor the private lives of innocent Canadians, without any real oversight. It will give telecom providers legal immunity for handing over your private information to the government without a warrant and without any oversight.

That means people harmed wouldn’t even have the right to sue. Victims of these privacy breaches wouldn’t even be informed; that means the government could spy on anyone, at anytime, and you wouldn’t even know when you’ve been a victim.

The government is misleading Canadians when it says Bill C-13 is about cyber-bullying. It only includes a couple of pages about cyber-bullying, along with 65 pages lifted from Vic Toews’ hugely unpopular spying bill C-13 which was abandoned after Canadians spoke out.

The government recently cut Parliamentary debate on C-13 short, showing it is running scared of Canadians, including thousands of its own supporters who are speaking out against online spying. The Bill was rammed through the House of Commons and will soon be voted on by the Senate.

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#CyberFLASH: Telecoms refuse to release information on private data given to feds

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Canada’s privacy commissioner says telecom companies are refusing to tell her office how many times they have handed over personal customer information to the federal government without a warrant.

Chantal Bernier, the interim privacy commissioner, said her office has repeatedly asked telecom companies to disclose statistics and the scope of warrantless disclosure of data, to no avail.

“I’m not disputing that there are times when there is no time to get a warrant — life is in danger,” Bernier said Tuesday.

“What we would like is for those warrantless disclosures to simply be represented in statistics so that Canadians have an idea of the scope of the phenomenon.”

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