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Submission + - Bill threatens Canadian Internet subscriber rights (thechronicleherald.ca)

Johnathan Thibodeau writes: The Conservative Canadian government has introduced two new bills geared towards helping police fight crime on the Internet, but they come at a high price both to Internet subscribers and the ISPs themselves. The new bills would require IPSs to turn over private information about their subscribers without a warrant, and force the introduction of devices to intercept Internet communications at the expense of the company (and presumably the customer). The bills are designed to work off the fears and prejudices of average folk with claims that it will "make it a crime to arrange with a second person over the Internet the sexual exploitation of a child", and "Twenty-first century technology calls for 21st century tools". The real scary part is that the only thing standing between them and your privacy is "a select group of law enforcement officials", but we all know how that will turn out. In my mind, twenty-first century laws call for twenty-first century lawmakers.

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