Canadian scholars & public interest groups oppose Canada's Internet spying law

Christopher sez,
A group of academics and public interest organizations released a joint letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper today, voicing their grave concerns about legislation that would allow for warrantless online spying on Canadians ("Lawful Access" legislation). The letter calls on the government to, at minimum, give the proposed legislation an appropriate hearing instead of rushing it through Parliament.

The letter to the Prime Minister is just the latest in a series of protests about the legislation. The Stop Online Spying Coalition has prompted more than 46,000 Canadians to sign an online petition at lambasting the government's anti-privacy initiatives, and earlier this year every federal and provincial Privacy Commissioner signed a letter to the government criticizing the legislation and questioning the need for bringing in these repressive measures.

Coalition Calls on Harper to Cut Online Spying Mandate from Omnibus Crime Package (Thanks, Christopher!)


  1. Doesn’t really matter who protests.  Under the Canadian system we elect a God-King once every 4 or 5 years.  Parliament has proven itself entirely irrelevant: the election that Harper gained his Godhood in was called because he had been found in Contempt of Parliament.  The only Federal political power held in this country is in the hands of Harper and a few of his cronies in the Prime Minister’s Office.  They can do whatever they want.

    1. UPDATED: Tolkien estate censors badge that contains the word “Tolkien”

      Posted by Cory Doctorow on Friday, Feb 25th at 6:22am

      Can’t find any other way of reaching the author of the above. I am the only person the Tolkien Estate don’t come after and I own and publish – kinda begs the question why?

      Loved yor posting I’ve linked it to my website thank you
      Christopher Carrie

  2. I clicked through to read the open letter and was confronted by a cursive font. I challenge anyone to read the 3 pages in its entirety.

  3. Fucking everybody opposes the new internet spying law. But sadly we the citizenry mean little anymore. The highest collection of rights and privileges belong to large, wealthy entities nowadays.

  4. The New York Times ran an excellent article on internet privacy today (August 10th), citing the European right “to be forgotten,” as espoused by Vivianne Reding. The right would protect individual privacy from tracking by merchants, as well as governments. Unfortunately, there is no longer any respect for individual privacy either by the Harper government, or the Americans, who have tabled similar legislation.

    In answer to tSherril’s question, either Spain, or France, both of which support the right “to be forgotten.”

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