Big Brother bill reintroduced
Published Tuesday, February 14, 2012 10:48AM MST
A new bill that is being brought to parliament this week could allow police to read your emails, monitor your online activity and keep track of your movements via your cell phone.
Privacy advocates say that is the new Canadian reality if Bill C-51 is passed.
University student Jared Exner grew up in an Internet age and knows why police might want unfettered access to everyone's online activities, but he still doesn't think it's right.
"I know the criminal justice system is constantly looking for information about criminals, child pornographers etc, but at the same time it seems like an invasion of everyone's personal information," said Exner.
If passed as is, Bill C-51 would require Internet service providers to keep logs of their client's activity and turn them over to police without a warrant.
Computer security expert Tom Keenan maintains police already have the power they need they just aren't using it.
"Why aren't they doing that? it would be a heck of a lot easier to get the ISP to do it for them," said Keenan.
The bill would also allow police to monitor cell phones and track your every move.
The bill won't be introduced until later this week but already it is being called down in parliament.
"How can we trust them not to use private information to intimidate law abiding Canadians to protest a pipeline, or protest pension cuts," said Francis Scarpaleggia, Liberal MP for Lac-Saint-Loius.
The government says it is allowing police to keep up with today's tech savvy criminals.
"We are proposing to bring to measure, to bring laws into the 21st century and provide police with the lawful tools that they need," said Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety.
Similar laws in the US and UK have been used to track everyone from schoolchildren to charities.
Similar legislation was introduced in the last parliament, with a minority government.
For more information on Bill C-51, visit the Parliament of Canada website.