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Northern Reflections: Another Challenge

                                              http://news.nationalpost.com/Stephen Harper used to talk about the virtue of individual res… . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Another Challenge

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Harper Now Has His Own Secret Police

A feature of totalitarian states around the world is a “secret” police force that is engaged in spying on a nation’s citizens and keeping them in line with implicit threats of “legal action”.  Most notorious among these would be East Germany’s Stasi, but there are many examples.

In Canada, it appears that Harper’s Secret . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Harper Now Has His Own Secret Police

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Bill C-13 Does Not Address Online Bullying

In spite of the Harper Government’s public claims to the contrary, Bill C-13 has very little to do with online bullying.

It talks about a whole lot of things, but only a small fraction has anything to do with online bullying.  At its core, it adds a few changes to essentially broaden the definition . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Bill C-13 Does Not Address Online Bullying

Impolitical: Benchquest: The what to do with Vic Toews saga rolls on

Just reading Tim Harper’s latest, hot off the internets: “Vic Toews and his quest for the bench.” This part jumped out: The Court of Appeal post is a federal appointment and Harper is believed to have told Toews that he would not appoint his minister directly to the bench.

Instead, he would be expected . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Benchquest: The what to do with Vic Toews saga rolls on

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Vic Toews To Use Magnotta Murder Case To Revive Internet Surveillance Bill C-30

In dictatorial regimes, tyrants rule by manipulating prevailing public emotions. They use the smallest emotional opportunity to create draconian laws that take away the people’s rights and freedoms. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has certainly learned a thing or two from this modus operandi.

He wants to use Luka Rocco Magnotta’s gruesome murder and dismemberment . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Vic Toews To Use Magnotta Murder Case To Revive Internet Surveillance Bill C-30

Impolitical: Harper’s extra-Parliamentary internet surveillance committee

This news is a new low in the Harper government’s ongoing debasement of Parliament’s role in Canadian democracy: In the months leading up to the introduction Bill C-30, Canada’s telecom companies worked actively with government officials to identify key issues and to develop a secret industry-government collaborative forum on lawful access.

The working group . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Harper’s extra-Parliamentary internet surveillance committee

Impolitical: The #TellVicEverything sequel: #TellDaveEverything

I was half joking in my post yesterday about the need for a #TellDaveEverything hashtag in the U.K. on the occasion of the U.K. Tories introducing their own intrusive internet surveillance legislation. Turns out, the fine citizens of the U.K. have got one up and going. Good for them! Hope Dave Cameron and the gang . . . → Read More: Impolitical: The #TellVicEverything sequel: #TellDaveEverything

Impolitical: UK Tories to introduce internet surveillance law

Conservatives worldwide seem to be uniting under a new banner of privacy invasion: Under legislation expected in next month’s Queen’s Speech, internet companies will be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ – the Government’s electronic “listening” agency – to examine “on demand” any phone call made, text message and email sent, and website accessed in . . . → Read More: Impolitical: UK Tories to introduce internet surveillance law

Impolitical: Routine cellphone tracking in the U.S.

There is a must read as context for the Canadian C-30 legislation that is pending, the lead from the New York Times today: “Police Tracking of Cellphones Raises Privacy Fears.” The American Civil Liberties Union has put together records from police departments across the U.S. showing widespread cellphone tracking that has become an ordinary thing: . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Routine cellphone tracking in the U.S.

Impolitical: A short C-30 video

“OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis and Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian debate whether the powers proposed in Bill C-30 are needed to battle cybercrime. More at: http://bit.ly/wvdZLb.”

Impolitical: A House of Commons marker laid down for the C-30 rewrite

This was the text of a motion passed in the House of Commons last night. The motion was brought by Liberals with a view to the coming debate at committee over C-30, the Conservatives’ proposed and invasive internet surveillance legislation: That the House recognize: (a) the fundamental right of all Canadians to the freedoms of . . . → Read More: Impolitical: A House of Commons marker laid down for the C-30 rewrite

Impolitical: A pause on the internet surveillance bill?

So reports the Globe late last night: “Ottawa hits pause on Web surveillance act.” The Harper government is temporarily parking controversial legislation that would grant new powers to authorities to police the Internet while it consults on how to rewrite it to assuage privacy concerns among Canadians and within caucus.

This report is mostly based . . . → Read More: Impolitical: A pause on the internet surveillance bill?

Impolitical: Late night

“The state has no business in the hard drives of the nation.” You go, Rick Mercer!

Impolitical: Keeping an eye on the ball that is C-30

More on C-30 here. On the one hand, there was this presentation from a Vancouver police official yesterday: “People need to focus and keep their eye on the ball,” said Warren Lemcke, Vancouver’s deputy chief constable.

“We can’t monitor your e-mails. We can’t monitor your phone calls. We can’t monitor your surfing unless a judge . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Keeping an eye on the ball that is C-30

Impolitical: Family Day drive-by blogging

Well it’s a holiday of some kind in Ontario today, that Family Day thingy. Whatever you may be doing, have a good one. Here’s a bunch of reading material, for lack of better terminology, for your day off. Most of it is a break from Canadian politics.

1. This seems like a biggie: “Canada threatens . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Family Day drive-by blogging

Impolitical: Conservatives against online spying & other notes

There is a letter cross-posted at OpenMedia.ca that has been sent to the members of the conservative Free Dominion site. It’s essentially an appeal for the Conservative base to contact their MPs and encourage them to speak out against C-30. This online spying legislation is antithetical to core conservative principles of freedom, privacy rights, and . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Conservatives against online spying & other notes

Impolitical: Hilarious spin

Well now, he is the omniscient one: “Harper sensed cyber outrage was looming.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper had already made the decision to kick a controversial cyber crime bill to committee even before Opposition howled because he sensed a public backlash was rolling his way, QMI Agency has learned.

Harper sent the bill to the . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Hilarious spin

Impolitical: Backtracking on #C30?

A quick post on the day’s events….in the wake of the tremendous backlash to the Conservative internet surveillance legislation, the Harper crew are making noises about amendments to C-30. See “Government willing to consider changes to online surveillance bill,” for example, where Conservative MPs Williamson, Anders and Tilson are cited as expressing concerns. Anders is . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Backtracking on #C30?

Impolitical: El busto

Opinion is lining up firmly against the Harper government’s internet surveillance legislation.

Harris: “Bill aimed at internet predators empowers Big Brother government.” The only thing that separates a democratic state from a police state is the notion of accountability. Police powers are restrained under the due process of our judicial system to reflect the protection . . . → Read More: Impolitical: El busto

Impolitical: Disgraceful

A Conservative minister stated this in the House of Commons: But when Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia attacked the Conservatives for “preparing to read Canadians’ emails and track their movements through cellphone signals” – which does appear to be a severe distortion of the bill’s powers – Mr. Toews’s counterattack was fierce.

“As technology evolves, many . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Disgraceful

Impolitical: Vic Toews will get way more than your phone number

John Ibbitson had a piece last week, Tories Have Yet to Prove Case for E-Snooping, that raised the temperature on the lawful access debate. A key excerpt was this quote from the federal Privacy Commissioner: “there is not even a requirement for the commission of a crime to justify access to personal information – real . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Vic Toews will get way more than your phone number

Impolitical: Privacy alarm bell tolls for thee, Harper government

On the heels of the statement from the Canadian Privacy Commissioner last week, the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario adds her voice to the chorus warning of the dangers of the Harper government’s coming lawful access legislation: …we must be extremely… . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Privacy alarm bell tolls for thee, Harper government

Impolitical: Friday drive-by blogging

1. Harper on the possibility of new stimulus spending, the first words from The Economist™ on the topic in light of the latest economic anxiety: “Flexibility I think has been really key throughout the last two or three years, and we have to continue … . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Friday drive-by blogging

Impolitical: Lawful access legislation to retain warrant requirement?

Fantino last night: Speaking to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police in Windsor, Ont. Sunday evening, associate Minister of National Defence Julian Fantino said the government will retable a bill designed to address a “pressing real need” f… . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Lawful access legislation to retain warrant requirement?