The Canadian government is trying to push through a set of electronic surveillance laws. As last drafted, the bills represent a dangerous attempt to leverage online service providers as agents of state surveillance. They include new police powers that would allow Canadian authorities easy access to Canadians’ online activities, including the power to force ISPs to hand over private customer data without a warrant, and pave the way to gag orders that would prevent online service providers from notifying subscribers that their private data has been disclosed.
Civil society groups have firmly denounced these spy bills. The Stop Online Spying campaign now has over 75,000 signatures (please support).
The dangers of these measures should not be underestimated. (by EFF.org)