Monday, May 5, 2014

Bill C-13 violates the Canadian Charter of Rights

The National Post ran an interesting article yesterday explaining "How federal bill C-13 could give CSIS agents — or even Rob Ford — access to your personal online data. "A wide-ranging new federal bill that will allow Internet and cellphone providers to hand over your personal data without a warrant has privacy advocates concerned about just how many officials will have access to that information, a list that could range from CSIS agents to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford."

"When passed, Tory bill C-13 will mean that any “public officer” or “peace officer” can request, obtain and use data that has been voluntarily provided to them by telecommunication companies, and it spells out legal immunity for any company that co-operates."

"The officers obtaining that data can be anything from tax agents to sheriffs, reeves, justices of the peace, CSIS agents, and even, yes, mayors. That aspect of the bill was enough of a concern for then-Privacy Commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, to raise the alarm. She released a statement in November noting “the potentially large number of ‘public officers’ who would be able to use these significant new powers.”

So guess what happened when the Privacy commissioner sounded the alarm? Harper fired her like every other whistle blower. Only now the interim Privacy commissioner is saying the same thing.

Ottawa snooping on social media

CBC is reporting that Federal government departments are collecting data on Canadian citizens via their social media accounts for no good reason, Canada's privacy watchdog says.

1 comment:

  1. bad idea , we know without question that organized criminals are holding postitions within our police forces and governmont offices - this would be an all out victory for the criminal who could use c-13 to fish out witnesses and informants ,and compromise undercover officers . the criminals are highly visible along with their associates ,friends and family - they are constantly photographed and surveiled leaving little to question when a warrant is needed to access their digital information even though at times it seems some judges are sided with the criminal and give the police a hard time in getting these warrants - but to allow unfettered access to anyones digital data would be an all out victory for organized crime and if c-13 passes without changes ,well we can all be sure that organized crime is sitting in the top seat of our governmont and thats a real problem !


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