(Un) lawful access legislation pending
There are serious threats to privacy, free speech and civil liberties contained in the impending lawful access legislation . Advocates are keeping a close eye on the status of the bill -- which could be introduced any time. Meanwhile there are various activities underway that give Canadians a chance to register their opposition to this legislation:
- petition through openmedia.ca
- town hall meetings across the country (see map)
- facebook page "(un)lawful access legislation - Ottawa forum"
Resources that explain what is at stake in this invasive and costly bill:
- a video (approx. 15 min) from leading privacy and surveillance experts: Andrew Clement, David Fewer, David Lyon, David >Murakami Wood, Dwayne Winseck, Ian Kerr, Michael Geist, Natalie Des Rosiers, Ron Deibert.
- Northern Exposure: Unmasking Online Spying in Canada (article EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
- "The anatomy of lawful access phone records" blog by Chris Parsons, Nov. 21, 2011
- "Lawful access, its potentials, and its lack of necessity," blog by Chris Parsons, U.Vic Ph.D candidate and computer privacy advocate
Tracking traditional media on this issue:
- "Tories have yet to prove case for e-snooping bill. " John Ibbitson. Globe & Mail. Dec. 1, 2011
- "Ottawa to contract out spying, but who cares? It's only the Internet." Tabatha Southey, Globe & Mail June 24, 2011.