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Canadian Government Wants Unfettered Access to Your Private Information Without Court Oversight.

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1984

The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”
– George Orwell, 1984

Michael Geist: The (Canadian) Government has taken another shot at lawful access legislation today, introducing a legislative package called the Investigative Powers for the 21st Century (IP21C) Act that would require mandated surveillance capabilities at Canadian ISPs, force ISPs to disclose subscriber information such as name and address, and grant the police broad new powers to obtain transmission data and force ISPs to preserve data.  It is pretty much exactly what law enforcement has been demanding and privacy groups have been fearing. It represents a reneging of a commitment from the previous Public Safety Minister on court oversight and will embed broad new surveillance capabilities in the Canadian Internet.

bspcomment This proposed legislation is so far over the top it almost defies description. To suggest that any government needs this level of unfettered access to private information WITHOUT court oversight is absolutely ubsurd. Further, to suggest that it will ONLY be used when required and ONLY for the purposes stated is just plain BULLSHIT! This legislation MUST NOT PASS!

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Written by mattliving

June 19, 2009 at 8:03 am

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