… should fear Bill C-30!
Here I am on my morning commute going through downtown Ottawa and reading about how Vic Toews is called opponents to the Bill supporters of child porn.
…here we go again…
In case you haven’t been following this (and you should have been!):
Bill C-30 includes, as CBC.ca reports online: requiring telecommunications and Internet providers to give up subscriber data, including name, address, mobile phone number and IP address (your online ID). And that’s before they get a warrant.
The bill also forces tech providers to provide police with a “back door” for easy surveillance. It also lets police get warrants to track any information sent online, who sent it and from where, and will let courts force other parties to preserve electronic evidence.
This last one rather sums up the terror of this new law. While we anguish over Facebook and Google’s increasingly blatant use and storage of our online lives, we’re blind to the ultimate destination of this information. It can now go straight to the cop who asks for it. As the NDP’s Charlie Angus put it, it gives the police a licence for fishing expeditions into all “private communications,” the all-inclusive term used in the bill. Cellphones would become an “electronic prisoner’s bracelet,” Angus said.
And now they have, at the last-minute, renamed the legislation to pander to the fear and disgust with child porn.
In fact, neither Toews nor the police can come up with examples of where the current legislation has interfered with or prevent the police from pursuing and prosecuting child pornographers. Not one.
I have written about this before. As have many others, like the Squid, who correctly notes:
The day this legislation gets royal assent, you can bet that police forces all over the country, starting with the RCMP will start building files on Canadians. Innocent Canadians. Not child pornography users (that’s the “appeal to emotion” that the government is using to try to drum up support), but regular people whom someone in authority doesn’t agree with. People like me, who are writing this anti-government article. University students in Montreal. People with non-Anglo-Saxon names. Basically anyone that they feel like can have their internet stuff trolled through without warrant, just because.
You betcha. I would like to think that those in authority would use this legislation wisely. But they won’t. Historically, if police forces have access to power. They. Will. Use. It.
Take that to the bank.
I just listened to Toews being interviewed by Hallie Cotnam this morning as he was trying to defend the Bill on Ottawa Morning… he is calling up the conspiracy ghosts again – calling efforts against the Bill as concerted and targeted by special interests.
Meanwhile, this father of 3 who despises and is sickened by child pornography will nonetheless continue to oppose this Bill… and fight for the ouster of every single Con who votes in favour of it at the last election. And I know some conservatives who will be joining me.
Of course, we are not only accused of being in league with child pornographer, but, as Kinsella notes, opponents are also likely to be a:
Child Hater — remember it is always about the children
Rural Canada Hater
Outdoor Sportsman Hater
Tim Hortons Hater
An Oil Sands Hater
Lover of the Arts
Statistics Canada apologist
A Baby Seal Lover
A United Nations Lover