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The Conservative government of Canada intends to pass a bill which will have the following effects:
- police will have the ability to demand that phone companies, Internet service providers and others with similar businesses turn over to them all and any information which they have collected and stored about their customers, (ie. Canadian citizens);
- these businesses will be required to collect and store such data in case the police want it;
- police will not require a warrant to demand this information, there will be no due process whatsoever, they'll just knock on some business's door and demand it;
- these businesses will have to install and maintain the hardware and software required to collect and store this information and pay for it themselves;
- which cost will, of course, be passed on to their customers -- Canadian citizens will have to pay for the cost of their ISPs spying on them for the police!

I'm an otter, I tend to be merry, it takes quite a bit to get my dandruff up. Stephen Harper has succeeded in doing so through sheer weight of irony! I urge my fellow Canucks to click this link, read the information and sign the petition against this bill.


...or try this link! -- http://openmedia.ca/educate

...actually, my watchers from other countries might want to have a look at the information on those links too, just to see what's going on in Canada. I'll warn ya, it ain't pretty.
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7 years, 7 months ago
7 years, 7 months ago
Thanks, buddy. hugs
7 years, 7 months ago
*hugs* ^^
7 years, 7 months ago
Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.  Just because you live in Canada and aren't in the government doesn't make you less sentient.  Although, if you were in the government, it might be a different matter.  Good luck.
7 years, 7 months ago
Specifically, according to the United Nations's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, (to which Canada is a signatory), article 12, "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks." The law that would be enacted by this bill couldn't be more arbitrary.

Furthermore, under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, section eight; "Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure." Police actions permitted by this bill would be far from reasonable.

If this bill goes through... and the Tories have a majority, so they can ignore protests and do almost any damned thing they please... I hope that somebody who has lots of money will challenge the resulting law and take it all the way to the Supreme Court, (which I'm pretty sure would be necessary.)

Thanks, Cybercorn. I wish us luck, too.
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