Trudeau's Protection of Privacy Act made it illegal for people to use wiretaps and other forms of electronic devices without a person's consent. The law has since evolved, but its spirit still resonates with Canadians.
That explains the widespread wince last winter, following Vic Toews' tabling of an "online snooping bill" that put an electronic prisoner's bracelet on every Canadian. And members of the LGBT community were left disturbed and frightened when a GLBT-themed message from the minister's office landed in their email inbox in September. The Harper government's Orwellian strategies constitute an affront on the Canadian way of life and the freedoms we all cherish.
Canada's telecom service providers, which include the major telecom carriers and Internet service providers, have remained strangely silent on the issue of Canada's proposed Internet surveillance. Documents obtained under the Access to Information Act offer a troubling explanation for this silence.
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Look, I know you're upset at the Conservatives' privacy bill. But if you stopped to think for a minute, you'd realize you don't really care that much about internet privacy. In fact, you never have.
If Bill C-30 becomes law, the government can order a telecom provider to comply with additional confidentiality requirements not otherwise specified. It can also order an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or telecom provider to install surveillance capabilities "in a manner and within a time" specified by the government.