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Canada: Don’t let Ottawa read your email

The Canadian government is cynically “exploiting our grief” over the suicides of two teens.

Chris Schafer and Jeremy Waiser
National Post

The Canadian government is cynically “exploiting our grief” over the suicides of two teens, said Chris Schafer and Jeremy Waiser. The government’s proposed Cyber Bullying Bill is being sold as a way to prevent the kind of online harassment that drove two Canadian teenagers to their deaths in the past two years. In reality, it is “an attempt to legalize unprecedented government access to our online activity.” The bill contains a slew of provisions that will “stealthily pry open Canadians’ computers.” Government agencies will have almost unfettered access to our private communications, while citizens won’t be allowed to sue Internet service providers if they let snoops access their accounts. Almost identical legislation was introduced two years ago, only then it was called the Protecting Children From Internet Predators Act and we were told that to refuse the government this invasion of privacy was to defend child pornographers. Now we’re told that opposing the bill serves to protect those who bully children into suicide. Outraged Canadians defeated the first bill, and they should stop this one as well. We all want to protect our children. But letting the government search our computers at will is not the way to do it.

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