PROTEST AGAINST HARPER'S BILL C-30
Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and along with Prime Minister Steven Harper, one of the main proponents, of Bill C-30.
There are also calls for his resignation, also in relations to his personal life.
I am talking about the new bill, C-30, that was introduced, recently, by the Canadian parliament, that also has the public in an up roar, because of its broad powers, given to the police, for conducting online surveillance, without even a warrant.
Bill c-30 would now require that the internet providers, along with telephone providers, to also cooperate, with the police and to provide for an infrastructure, where the police could gather information, about anyone of their users, even if they are using an anonymous identity, to the police, for their investigation, or for other purposes. With this access given to the police, they can now monitor the online activities, of all Canadians without their knowledge and to also use this information later, if required, against them.
They claim that it is for catching on line criminals, such as pedophiles and other dangerous criminals, lurking on the internet and also using the telephone, for this purpose. But others who are also concerned with this breach of privacy, by the Canadian government, of those internet users, by the extensive powers that has been given to the police to conduct online surveillance, The internet users and also the internet providers and telephone companies, also has a legitimate reason to be concern, against this possibly breach of civil liberty, by the Canadian government.
It is a net that encompasses everyone and not just criminals alone. It means that anyone and everyone will also be monitored by the police, at their discretion, regardless of whether they have used those means, provided by the internet, for committing a crime, or not. To put it more in proper perspective, the government wants to have the personal information, of all Canadians, who uses the internet and for whatever purposes, good or bad. From your emails, to your blogs and other aspects of the social media, everything that you say or do, in this case, also, pertaining to freedom of speech, will also be monitored, by the Canadian government and its police. So in this case, every Canadian internet users will be monitored and their information provided to the police, when asked for by them.
Once the bill is also passed, it will also be made into law and will also be reflected in the Criminal Code of Canada. The bill is also getting some opposition from some members of parliament as well, including the NDP, and a few other liberal minded politicians. But it also seem set to be passed, although their has also been questions raised, about the way in which those who are in favour of bill c-30, has also tried to side step, some of the usual processes involved, in getting this bill approved. Including referring it back, for full reconsideration, before parliament.
Those who has opposed this measure, has also claimed that the bill was also in its proper form and therefore ready to be passed. However, questions still arise, in regards to this process, by some of the politicians themselves, some of whom also believed that the current bill, is also in violation of the Standing Order 68(1) and 68 (3), both of which also supported a motion, before the bill is to be also passed into law. Never mind all of that, however, those who want this bill enacted, will also see to it, that it does get pass into law and with its passing, also, the eradication of any vestige of privacy, by any Canadians, who also uses the internet, their cell phones and other such services.
Many internet users, such as bloggers and activists, has also long known, about the Canadian government's monitoring, of their movements online, so this is not entirely news to them. But now it also has the law to back up its actions.