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Submission + - Canada's online surveillance bill: Section 34 "opens door to Big Brother" (www.cbc.ca)

Saint Aardvark writes: Canada's proposed online surveillance bill looked bad enough when it was introduced, but it gets worse: Section 34 allows access to any telco place or equipment, and to any information contained there — with no restrictions, no warrants, and no review. From the article: "Note that such all-encompassing searches require no warrant, and don't even have to be in the context of a criminal investigation. Ostensibly, the purpose is to ensure that the ISP is complying with the requirements of the act — but nothing in the section restricts the inspector to examining or seizing only information bearing upon that issue. It's still "any" information whatsoever." You can read Section 34 here.
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Submission + - Problems reported in early Florida voting

supabeast! writes: The Miami Herald is reporting that some nasty problems with early electronic voting are already popping up in Florida. Machines are repeatedly casting votes for the wrong candidate; officials blame machines that "slip out of sync" under heavy use and needing to be calibrated. Funny, I've used plenty of touchscreen ATMs and never seen one that needed calibrating. I can't wait to see how many voting machines end up out of sync on election day.

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