Canada Internet Surveillance Legislation Coming Soon
Normally, PrivacyCast focuses on U.S. based privacy stories, but in this case we’re making an exception. Our neighbors to the north are about to introduce Canadian Internet surveillance legislation tomorrow which would mandate massive new surveillance infrastructure at every Canadian ISP, and eliminate court oversight around disclosure of customer information, including email and web surfing logs.
Michael Geist posted a detailed FAQ outlining the history of the bill, as well as its contents (including the near-total lack of evidence demonstrating the need for such invasive legislation) and steps Canadians can take to make their opinions about this proposed legislation known. We hope our friends in Canada will take action.
This is very similar to the HR.1981 legislation here in the states that would compel ISPs to retain records on their customers’ activities.