Thursday, February 23, 2012


“One thing should be clear, even 
though we live in a world in which
 we share personal information more
 freely than in the past, we must reject
 the conclusion that privacy is an
 outmoded value,”

President  Obama


I am curious to learn how frumpy old Public Safety Minister Vic "Big Brother" Toews" feels about President Barack Obama's  seven point “bill of rights” which calls for “individual control, transparency, respect for context, security, access and accuracy, focused collection, and accountability.”

He introduced the proposal by noting that privacy is a constitutionally-protected right that was extended over the postal service, telephone communication, and eventually email.

The move comes in the wake of increased consumer anxiety about what on-line companies like  Google and are doing with information related to consumer on-line activities.

The proposal also includes creating a setting on web browsers that allows Internet users to opt out of having their browsing habits monitored.

The advertising industry also committed to not releasing consumers’ browsing data to companies that use it for purposes beyond advertising, such as employers making hiring decisions or insurers determining coverage

Meanwhile activists, opposition parties and internet users in this country are continuing to protest omnibus crime bill C-10, copyright reform legislation C-11, and online surveillance Bill C-30.

Bill C-30, if passed will the disclosure of subscriber information mandatory  and allow the warrantless disclosure of e-mails and web surfing habits. Section 14 appears to give the government unlimited power to excuse itself from the few checks and balances provided for in the bill. The government will have the power to override  limits and guidelines forcing the telecommunications service provider with to use any equipment or other thing that the Minister considers the service provider needs to comply. What does this mean? It means the government will not only oversee the request, it will handle the equipment It will have the power to take over an ISP!. Police State control, if you ask me.

There has been a lot of discussion in the House of Commons over the past two days about the lack of detail related to the surveillance capabilities that will now be enshrined in law and the significant costs associated with implementation, which we all know will be borne by consumers.

If you think this law is no big deal, think again? Governmental interception of everything you do on-line, just like China and the Middle East. Incredible!

1 comment:

Cyril Rogers said...


We have basically given them carte blanche to do as they want. Unless people push back, they wil keep on eroding people's rights.

I hope in am not being overly dramatic but I fear for the future of this country under this Harperite quasi-dictatorship.