How Canada's telecoms quietly backed Internet surveillance bill by Michael Geist
Posted in: Government & Policy at 22/05/2012 14:01
Canada's proposed Internet surveillance was back in the news recently after speculation grew that government intends to keep the bill in legislative limbo until it dies on the order paper. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews denied the reports, maintaining that Bill C-30 will still be sent to committee for further study.
Since its introduction in mid-February, the privacy and law enforcement communities have continued to express their views on the bill, but Canada's telecom service providers, which include the major telecom carriers and Internet service providers, have remained strangely silent. The silence is surprising given the enormous implications of the bill for the privacy of their customers and the possibility of millions of dollars in new surveillance equipment costs, active co-operation with law enforcement, and employee background checks.
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