Nigel Todman (TFC) – OpenMedia.ca has launched a campaign of the utmost importance for Canadians. The ‘Stop Spying on Us‘ campaign calls on people to speak up loudly before more innocent Canadians are harmed by having their Charter Rights and Freedoms grossly violated every second of every day. The BCCLA has the following to say on that point;
Although the Charter does not contain the word “privacy”, and does not include a freestanding “right to privacy,” privacy interests have been recognized to be at the root of some of the protections granted by the Charter.
For example section 8 of the Charter grants a right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. The Supreme Court of Canada has decided that the source of the section 8 right is that citizens have a reasonable expectation of privacy in a free and democratic society.
At the time of writing, the Stop Spying on Us campaign has 20,212 signatures. Speaking with OpenMedia earlier today they confirmed they will be hand delivering these signatures to Canadian MP’s later this year. These will likely be used by the more representative elements of our Government to defend Canada from the attack on its citizens formally known as Bill C-51. The full text of the campaign is as follows:
“The government is trying to ram through a new law that The Globe and Mail warns will create “secret police” in Canada. What’s worse: new leaked documents show they will share your sensitive data with foreign governments.
If passed, authorities will be able to share your sensitive information at will. You could be monitored for no reason and find yourself on a government watch-list simply for clicking a link.
Tell Stephen Harper to put the brakes on his irresponsible warrantless surveillance plan NOW.
Data being collected can reveal everything from our financial status, to our medical history, our sexual orientation, and even our religious and political beliefs.
The government’s mishandling of this data has meant innocent Canadians have lost their jobs and even been banned from entering the U.S.
Experts agree: this approach is both reckless and ineffective. The government is hoping we won’t notice so they can scare people into voting for them.
These new laws and the reaction to recent CSE revelations could be our best chance to rein in out-of-control spying – but it will only work if thousands of Canadians speak out now.”
Nigel Todman is an Independent Journalist, Technical Consultant, Social Activist, Web Developer and Computer Programmer from Ontario, Canada. Add him to Facebook and/or Follow him on Twitter E-mail: nigel [at] naaij [dot] org [PGP]