OUR VIEW: No place to hide in our digital world

Bill C-13, the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act, is the latest Tory Trojan horse that would undermine citizens’ privacy rights under the guise of protecting us from online evil.

Who wouldn’t want to do away with child pornographers, cyber bullies and vile websites like The Dirty? The problem is only a tiny portion of the bill is actually aimed at such legitimate concerns.

The vast majority of it is instead aimed at legitimizing police and government snooping through our private information – without any oversight.

Search warrants exist for a reason. They provide an important check and balance.

Under the provisions of the online crime bill, however, Internet service providers could hand over anything requested by authorities – without a search warrant or even a record.

There are those who make the argument that they have nothing to hide, so such laws don’t concern them.

But hands up those who’d like the state to have access to everything they’ve plugged into a search engine in the past month? Every email they’ve sent to friends or website they’ve visited? Admittedly, Canadians already give up a lot of privacy willingly. They trade use of "free" sites like Facebook and Google for their information.

But a year after Edward Snowden’s revelations about massive online surveillance were made public, the fact remains citizens should have a reasonable expectation of privacy in a free country – including online. Anything less is a move down the slippery slope to Big Brother’s surveillance state.

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