Canadian cyberbullying bill used as cover for new police powers

Remember that bill that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews used the line “He can either stand with us or with the child pornographers.” to try to pass? Now they’re using the suicides of Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons to bring in a bill advertised as fighting cyberbullying. No one could be against that! The bill does include

a new offence for anyone who knowingly publishes, distributes, transmits, sells, makes available or advertises an intimate image of a person without consent.

Something that sounds good at first, though I’m sure there are some giant problems that come with it. The bill also includes things like this:

For example, the bill encourages telecom companies and Internet providers to reveal information about their customers to law enforcement without a court order by granting them immunity from criminal or civil liability for such disclosures. This provision opens the door to co-operation on the widespread surveillance activities revealed in recent months.

No way that can be abused.


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