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Bill C-51 aims to ‘remove terrorist propaganda’ from internet

Internet 1Free speech, privacy concerns raised about anti-terrorism bill’s internet clauses

By Daniel Schwartz, CBC News, Jan 31, 2015

The anti-terrorism bill unveiled Friday by Prime Minister Stephen Harper includes a section that gives his government the power “to order the removal of terrorist propaganda” from the internet.

That would still require a judicial order, as well as the attorney general’s support to push for the removal of such web content.

If the proposed legislation becomes law, a judge could order an internet service provider, or the “custodian” of “the computer system,” to remove web content the judge considers terrorist propaganda. Read the rest of this entry

Live Streamers Make Great Informants

Surveillance live streamers 2Earth First! Newswire, Dec 24, 2014

There are many ways to effectively document the movement while protecting the space, its movements and people’s privacy. Live Streaming is generally NOT one of them.

A common issue with Streamers is their display of entitlement, often citing the value of bringing the movement to the people. But Streamers have a hard time admitting that the police find their work more valuable then demonstrators. Read the rest of this entry

Telecoms Offer to Build Surveillance Tools into Networks

Surveillance internet canada cartoonNevertheless, gov’t still feels the need to legislate interception, docs show.

By Michael Geist, The Tyee, Dec 17, 2014

After years of failed bills, public debate and considerable controversy, lawful access legislation received royal assent last week. Public Safety Minister Peter MacKay’s Bill C-13 lumped together measures designed to combat cyberbullying with a series of new warrants to enhance police investigative powers, generating criticism from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, civil liberties groups and some prominent victims’ rights advocates. They argued that the government should have created cyberbullying safeguards without sacrificing privacy. Read the rest of this entry

In the online hunt for criminals, social media is the ultimate snitch

Facebook copWarrior Publications Note: Found this article while searching for graphics for the post about Canada’s internet surveillance act.  It shows the ease with which police can monitor, gather evidence and ultimately convict people based on their social media activity.

By Kate Knibbs, Digitial Trends, July 13, 2013

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Internet users’ privacy upheld by Canada’s top court

Cop car computerInternet providers can’t provide customer names and addresses to police without a warrant

CBC News, June 13, 2014

Canadians have the right to be anonymous on the internet, and police must obtain a warrant to uncover their identities, Canada’s top court has ruled.

The landmark decision from the Supreme Court Friday bars internet service providers from disclosing the names, addresses and phone numbers of their customers to law enforcement officials voluntarily in response to a simple request — something ISPs have been doing hundreds of thousands of times a year. Read the rest of this entry

Human rights lawyer warns feds’ internet surveillance bill could lead to massive internet sweep

Lawyer Paul Champ says the government’s new counter-terrorism strategy means protesters and activists could be put under wider surveillance through the provisions of Bill C-30.

By TIM NAUMETZ, The Hill Times, Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012

PARLIAMENT HILL—The government’s controversial Bill C-30, which would give police and security agents new surveillance powers over the internet and compel web service providers to assist them, could also lead to a “massive internet sweep” on thousands of political and social activists, warns a leading human rights lawyer. Read the rest of this entry