Canadian Anti-Privacy Bill Delayed After Public Outcry

    March 1, 2012

We reported a few weeks ago on Bill C-30, a Canadian bill introduced that would essentially allow the state to spy on Internet users.

The EFF is reporting that the bill is now on pause after an enormous public outcry from its citizens. The protests consisted of the usual antics that were used during the SOPA/PIPA protests in the U.S.

One of the more interesting protest movements being a Twitter hashtag – #tellviceverything. In essence, it poked fun at the state’s desire to monitor their online lives but confessing everything to the man behind the bill – Vic Toews.

C-30 has drawn the ire of those opposed to Toews, but other organizations find problems with the legislation as well. Over 115,000 Canadians have shown their disapproval of the bill as well with an online petition.

Of course, Vic Toews is not one to stand down. The bill was being pushed through as a way to protect children from online predators, as is the case with the United States own online snooping bill. Toews even went so far as to rename C-30 to the “Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act.” It was found, however, that the government wants the surveillance power for “non-criminal investigations.”

The politicians wanting to pass this bill have the majority so they can take their time. They’re probably hoping for people to forget about the issue and move on.

Any concerned Canadian can sign the petition linked above or send a letter to their MP.