INTERNET – Canada kills controversial Internet surveillance bill

canada-259x300The Internet Security Bill which caused outrage across Canada amid privacy concerns has been stopped by the Canadian government.

The government has said it will not resurrect the bill or introduce any legislation to monitor the activities of people using the internet.

Justice Minister, Rob Nicholson, said “We’ve listened to the concerns of Canadians, we will not be proceeding with Bill C-30. And any attempts to modernize the criminal code will not contain …warrantless mandatory disclosure of basic subscriber information or the requirement for telecommunications service providers to build intercept capability within their systems.”

Bill C-30 caused a furore when it was introduced a year ago this week. The legislation would have permitted police and other government officials to compel Internet service providers to disclose identifying information linked to clients’ ISP addresses without a warrant.

With governments around the world attempting to monitor everything people do, it is good to see a government listening to what its citizens are telling it they don’t want.

You can read the full story on The Globe and Mail website.

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