Despite name change, online surveillance bill continues to receive backlash in Canada

February 15, 2012

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Source: Vancouver Sun

Facing a cross-Canada backlash to its contentious lawful access bill that would give police new powers to snoop on Canadian Internet users, the Conservative government has indicated it could be open to changing it.

But a vague promise that the legislation would be examined in committee with a view to possible amendments is no assurance for opponents to the bill that would give police access without a warrant to Canadians’ online subscriber information from Internet service providers.

“It sounds like the government is starting to get the message but really, they are not making any commitments and it’s not good enough,” said Steve Anderson, founder of OpenMedia.ca, which has an online petition Stop Online Spying that 94,000 people have signed onto, with more than 13,000 in the past 24 hours since the legislation was tabled in Ottawa.

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