Bill C-30, the “Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act”, was presented to Canadians less than one year ago. The bill gathered a lot of attention after public safety minister Vic Toews gave his insane ultimatum to a liberal critic, on the house of commons floor.
“He can either stand with us or stand with the child pornographers”
“We will not be proceeding with Bill C-30 and any attempts we will have to modernize the Criminal Code will not contain the measures in C-30 — including the warrantless mandatory disclosure of basic subscriber information, or the requirement for telecommunications service providers to build intercept capabilities within their systems,”
Does this mean that Canadians are free from internet surveillance, while our neighbors to the south are now having to deal with president Obama using his executive power to force CISPA through?
Of course not! Bill C-11 Copyright Modernization Act, was passed and came into law not too long ago.
Bill C-11 included things such as:
1. Tough rules that could require intermediaries from ISPs through to search engines (e.g. Google), social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Digg, Twitter) and data/web hosting sites (e.g. BlackSun and other “cloud” providers) to block access to websites and others alleged to enable copyright infringement.
2. The substitution of a “notice and take-down” as well as the graduated response regime that would see ISPs disconnect subscribers accused of repeated copyright infringement instead of the much less intrusive “notice-and-notice” regime already included in the bill and practiced as a matter of course by all of Canada’s major ISPs.
3. Claw backs to the innovative user-generated content (UGC) clause of the act that allows people to make mashups and remixes for non-commercial uses.
4. Copyright term extension from lifetime of the creator plus 50 years to life plus 70 years.
We also cannot forget about ACTA the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Which Canada signed on to in 2011.
“Under this new treaty, Internet Service Providers will police all data passing through them, making them legally responsible for what their users do online. And should you do something considered “breach of copyright” like, for instance, getting a tattoo of a brand logo, taking a photo and posting it somewhere, you may be disconnected from the Internet, fined or even jailed.
This, of course, threatens the entire founding idea of the Internet – the free sharing of information. But ACTA doesn’t stop there. It goes beyond the Internet, bearing down on generic drugs and food patents. If passed, ACTA will enforce a global standard for seed patenting, which would wipe out independent, local farmers and make the world completely dependent on the patent owners (read “big corporations”) for supplies.
The agreement states that it must be signed and ratified by 2013, but the seemingly late deadline is no cause for celebration. And if the secrecy surrounding this latest censor tool continues to hold, it may be put into effect without anyone noticing.”
Defeating Bill C-30 was a great victory. The people of Canada won a battle, but the war on internet freedom is far from over.