Skip to comments.Canadian police urge Parliament to pass spying bill (Goodbye to Search Warrants?)
Posted on 10/30/2012 6:56:39 AM PDT by Candor7
Police across Canada are urging Ottawa to resurrect a controversial Internet surveillance bill that would allow them to monitor Canadians' digital activities in real-time without a warrant.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has made a plea to on the federal government to pass Bill C-30, also known as the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act ahead of a gathering by the provincial and federal justice ministers next week.
The group is concerned that Parliament will be closed down before the legislation is passed.We have a fear that it will die on the order paper, said Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu, who is also the president of the association. And if it does, then our investigators will be constrained and victims will suffer greater harm because of that, the Canadian Press reports.
Deputy police chief Warren Lemcke agreed with Chus assessment, saying that right now there are gangsters out there communicating about killing someone and we can't intercept that, as cited by CBC news.
The legislature, introduced in the Canadian Parliament last February, demands that the countrys telecommunication industry provide law enforcement with the authority to intercept communications and to require telecommunications service providers to provide subscriber and other information, without unreasonably impairing the privacy of individuals, the provision of telecommunications services to Canadians or the competitiveness of the Canadian telecommunications industry.
If passed, the law would also give the police the power to make it a crime to use social media as a tool to injure, alarm or harass individuals. It would also grant access to the individuals private data such as name, address, phone number and email without a warrant. The law would ask the companies to place tracking bugs in their programs so that police, if needed, could spy on conversations if they got the necessary legal approvals.
Until now, C-30 has remained shelved by Parliament, and has not been debated after receiving mass criticism when it was originally released.
Critics claimed that the authorities would likely use the powers to harass peaceful protestors and activists. A number of social media protests were organized, one of which circulated personal details from the divorce files of the bills sponsor of the bill-Public Safety Ministers Vic Toews.
People also marched on the streets, demanding checks to the would-be unlimited police powers.
A public opinion poll conducted by Angus Reid after the bills introduction concluded that "the idea of surrendering subscriber data and identifiers without a warrant is rejected by almost two thirds of Canadians.
I'm an expatatriot from Belleville, Ontario, now living in the States.
Both countries have quietly surrendered freedom for supposed safety, and because of that deserve neither. My Canadian brethren have done exactly what the Americans have done: while claiming to dispise a big government type police state they vote time and again for proponents of such.
Consider the bell curve of intelligence. Half of the people have two digit IQ's (literally) and are easily duped. Convince them they need something, then promise to give it to them, and you have a solid voting block.
It has happened in Canada and it is happening here. Once half the population is beholden to the government the game is over. Welcome to European povertyville.
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Well now Canada will be just like America. A police state.
The biggest indicator that it is a complete scam: “It is to protect ‘the children’ from ‘predators’!”
Years ago, the US National Security Agency was very worried because public encryption had become good enough so that individuals and corporations could transfer enormous amounts of money internationally without the US government knowing about it.
So they asked congress to pass a law mandating that all means of encryption *had* to have a back door, accessible to the NSA.
But, because they thought this was too complicated to ‘sell’ to the public or congress, and because they didn’t want to give anyone ideas about how to evade US government financial monitoring, they officially touted this law, “Because pedophiles and child pornographers are using encryption!”
While an argument can be made that transferring millions of dollars around the world without the NSA knowing about it actually *might* be a “national security” thing, pedophilism and child pornography is not. If the NSA stumbles across a bunch of it, it does not care, because it is not its job. It is too busy to fuss with anything other than national security related issues, no matter how interesting it would be to other government agencies.
In any event, congress said no to requiring mandatory back doors. But it didn’t matter in the long run, because the NSA developed technologies that allowed it to scan vast amounts of electronic data to look for suspicious activity.