Of course the Internet has given people an outlet. A place to have a voice with the potential to reach a massive audience. As we all know governments like to be in charge of information and what is filtered through to individuals. There will of course be many reasons why a government might try to "snoop" whilst your are online.
Canada is now joining the ranks of snoopers. The issue is still at the debate stage but many writers online and media sources are already dreading its possible passage into law. The Conservative Canadian government is using the increase in child pornography as a reason for the proposed changes.
Most of the Western Internet "snooping" laws have fancy names such as SOPA and PIPA but Canada's takes this to a new level. The Investigative Powers for the 21st Century Act (Bill C-51) is what the Canadian Parliament will use to discuss further restrictions.
So what might any changes mean to the people of Canada as they go about their daily online activity?It will give law enforcement officers greater powers. They will be able to monitor all Internet and telephone activity from anyone, anywhere in the country, without having to obtain a warrant. That must read as bad news to everyone. It cannot simply be this blogger that thinks implementing such powers would be the thin edge of the wedge?
Canadian pundits are predicting that the majority Conservative government of Canada will easily and willingly pass the new legislation into law. Canada's Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews, believes the bill is necessary. He said, We are proposing to bring to measure, to bring laws into the twenty-first century and provide police with the lawful tools that they need."
Although many people have expressed concerns about the proposed changes Toews has basically said that you are either with the child pornographers, and so oppose the bill, or you are with the government and so are in favour of it. If only life were that simple. Such issues rarely are.
Implementing such strict measures will have child pornographers looking, finding and no doubt utilising other methods. Invading citizens privacy will bring no good to bear. As governments around the world continue to want to control the Internet and more, in their own countries, they hypocritically extol free speech and a free Internet usuage in foreign climes.
There is a full report at RT here
For those readers who want to sign a petition go to the "stop online spying” petition started by openmedia.ca. At time of writing 100,000 Canadians have signed the petition.