Submitted by jean-paul on Tue, 05/22/2012 - 10:44

As reported by Dr. Michael Geist LL.B. LL.M. J.S.D., law professor at the University of Ottawa, Canadian internet service providers are engaged in secretive talks with the Canadian government about the implementation of Bill C-30. This bill, unknown to a lot of Canadians, will allow a number of Canadian law enforcement agencies to essentially "spy" on Canadians' telecommunications without the requirement of a warrant. This includes internet and email, land and cellular telephones. These powers, which to me seem to be very invasive, are to be given to the heads of CSIS, RCMP, Canadian Competition Bureau(?), and all Chiefs of Police. Those powers, it seems, can also be delegated to subordinates in each organization, which means that there will be a lot of people with the power to immediately intercept any and all communications by Canadians, without the benefit of judicial review. All of the major Canadian ISPs are involved in these talks, for which they have been granted Secret level clearance by our government. Some of the main concerns of ISPs and Telcos are related to compensation for the interceptions, which will be done by employees at the Telco, and also for clarification on responsibilities for reporting on social media platforms (facebook, twitter), and monitoring public access points like hotspots at coffeeshops and libraries. It has been speculated that this will end up costing Canadians $80 million for the first year, and close to $7 million each year after that. This bill is so controversial that it has garnered international interest from Anonymous and various social media protests. I really hope this bill doesn't make it through. If you think it should be stopped, let your government leaders know. UPDATE There is an online protest, so please add your voice to the hundreds of thousands who have already spoken out. http://openmedia.ca/stand has the petition, and please tell your friends and family!