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Conservatives killing off Internet surveillance bill

OTTAWA (NEWS1130) – The Conservative government says it is scrapping its controversial Internet surveillance bill in favour of modest changes to Canada’s warrantless wiretap law.

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson says Bill C-30, the so-called Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, will not go ahead.

The law was sought by police who said they needed it to go after child pornography, but the legislation ran into strong resistance from privacy and civil liberties advocates.

It would have forced Internet service providers to maintain systems that allowed police to intercept and track online communications.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews set off a public firestorm when he told parliamentarians they could either stand with the government on Bill C-30 or stand with child pornographers.

Nicholson says the government will instead take a small part of the legislation and create a new law that addresses Supreme Court concerns over emergency use of police wiretaps without a warrant.

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I too agree..I have nothing to hide.
I should have nothing to hide.
Truth be told everything we do and
say and think is already monitored.
Only that accountability happens at
the end of this life.

If my keeping my space open for scrutiny helps
to keep the world a safer place for many,
then so be it.

Certainly the good thing was this legislation
would have made it easier to find bullies,
murderers and others not just child porn.

AND if I am illegally downloading movies and movies,
why should I be able to hide this.

Yes, the guilty are protected. sad…
all because of squeaky wheels

February 12, 2013 at 8:33 am

A good portion of child porn is known to various law enforcement agencies. They use it as bait to track the data to an IP address. They obtain a warrant, present it to the ISP who then divulges the users account information. This stupid law was more in the interest of various lobbyists who represent the recording, motion picture and software industries. If you can find child porn, download some and wait to see how soon your name is in the papers. Do the same for a pirated movie and not much will result from it. Vic is an idiot who deserves this public humiliation for leveraging off these sick crimes against children in order to push his buddies law through.

February 11, 2013 at 9:41 pm