Tuesday, February 21, 2012


After finally reading his own bill, it appears Vic Toews has decided to side with the child pornographers:

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says he is surprised to learn that a section of the government's online surveillance bill provides for "exceptional circumstances" under which "any police officer" can request customer information from a telecommunications service provider.

In an interview airing Saturday on CBC Radio's The House, Toews said his understanding of the bill is that police can only request information from the ISPs where they are conducting "a specific criminal investigation."

But Section 17 of the 'Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act' outlines "exceptional circumstances" under which "any police officer" can ask an ISP to turn over personal client information.

Safe to say, the Tories are in full backpedal mode right now. All of this serves as a valuable reminder that even in a majority position, there are limits to what a government can do.

So, you know, maybe read the bill first next time.



  • One of the worst pats of this bill is section 33..

    "First, Section 33 tells us that, "The Minister may designate persons or classes of persons as inspectors for the purposes of the administration and enforcement of this Act." So we're not talking about police officers necessarily. We're talking about anyone the minister chooses — or any class of persons."

    It leaves the door open for the government to spy on rival political parties, "radical environmentalists" pretty much anyone they want, with no judicial or police oversight. Toews keeps telling us its for the police, then why does the bill allow for ministerial appointments?

    By Blogger Martin, at 10:15 a.m.  

  • Yes, there have been more mistruths spread about what's in this bill. But the Minister was simply disagreeing with what the host was saying as their own interpretation of the bill, suggesting that what was being suggested is not in his opinion in the bill.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:59 p.m.  

  • Interesting. So this bill isn't just a reintroduction of Paul Martin's Bill C-74, which died on the order table in 2005? What exactly is different about it?

    By Blogger Fred from BC, at 2:59 p.m.  

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