11:29 A.M. Opinions …

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As witnesses line up to warn about the dangers associated with Bill C-51 , Canada’s anti-terrorism bill , it is increasingly clear that the proposed legislation is an unprecedented undermining of Canadian privacy protection …

MORBNOTE ; What’s with the ‘ witnesses ‘ ?!!! … How do you have ‘ witnesses ‘ to a yet to be legislated bill that they haven’t been a party to in the discussions involved ?!!! …

Much of the focus on the bill has related to oversight : the government implausibly claims that it increases oversight ( it does not ) , the Liberals disappointingly say they support the bill but would like better oversight and much of the NDP criticism has also centred on oversight …

Yet with respect to privacy and Bill C-51 , lack of oversight is only a part of the problem …

The privacy-related concerns stem from Bill C-51’s Security of Canada Information Sharing Act (SCISA) , a bill within the bill that goes further than sharing information related to terrorist activity. It does so in three steps …

First , the bill permits information sharing across government for an incredibly wide range of purposes , most of which have nothing to do with terrorism. The government has tried to justify the provisions on the grounds that Canadians would support sharing information for national security purposes , but the bill allows sharing for reasons that would surprise and disturb most Canadians …

Second , the scope of sharing is exceptionally broad , covering 17 government institutions with government granting itself the right to expand sharing to other departments. In fact , the bill even permits further disclosure ‘ to any person , for any purpose ‘ … In other words , there are few limits on how information the government collects can be shared internally , with other governments , or with any entity it sees fit …

Third , oversight is indeed a problem since the privacy protections found in Privacy Act are widely viewed as already outdated. In fact , Bill C-51 effectively neuters the core protections found in the Privacy Act by opening the door to the very kind of information sharing that the law is intended to prevent …

In recent weeks , all privacy commissioners from across the country have spoken out. For example , Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien , appointed by the government less than a year ago and described as an expert by Prime Minister Stephen Harper , slammed the bill :

‘ The scale of information sharing being proposed is unprecedented , the scope of the new powers conferred by the Act is excessive , particularly as these powers affect ordinary Canadians and the safeguards protecting against unreasonable loss of privacy are seriously deficient … While the potential to know virtually everything about everyone may well identify some new threats , the loss of privacy is clearly excessive …

All Canadians would be caught in this web ‘  …

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Ahh yes !!! … Yet another KBek’r lawyer , from the province that wants to form its’ own country , is ‘ Harping on Harper ‘ !!! … I’m all for ‘ privacy ‘ … BUT !!! … Other than some personally embarrassing moments , I have nothing to hide ! … I would much rather the people whose job it is to protect us from the many pagan nutjobs ( that began flowing here thanks to Justin’s ‘ pere ‘ botched , misguided , melting pot concept for this country !!! … ) out there have the tools to prevent criminal or ‘ terrorist ‘ activity before it comes to fruition … Basically …

IF YOU ARE A LAW ABIDING , HONEST , HARD WORKING CITIZEN … YOU’VE GOT FUCKALL TO WORRY ABOUT  !!! …

Big corporations have FAR more information on us than the government has due to our blind addiction to the drug from Silicon Valley !!! …

The above article pisses me off two fold as … Aside from it’s principal view , it’s coming from the FAR OVER REPRESENTED province of KBec !!! … 

What exactly is the problem , if you’re ok with ONE government agency having information on you , why is it a big conspiracy should they decide that another government agency should have the same information ?! … Might put a few pieces of a not so desirable , when seen , puzzle together ?!!! … 

Michael Geist , the ‘ reporter ‘ responsible for the above article begins his ‘ opinion piece ‘ stating that the government ‘ implausibly claims ‘ that Bill C-51 increases oversight …

Well Mich … The ‘ implausible ‘ adverb is YOUR OPINION ! … Interesting to note that you feel you have the knowledge and intellect to ‘ declare as fact ‘ that ‘ ( it does not ) ‘ … You then babble on about ‘ three steps ‘ that YOU think .. And , again , simply your ‘ simple ‘ opinion , in some way validate YOUR claim …

The first step you mention ends with YOUR statement of ;

‘ The bill would surprise and disturb most Canadians ‘ … You must put on an awful lotta miles in your days on the planet Mich , to be able to have spoken to MOST Canadians , in depth , about how they feel about Bill C-51 !!! … The English language word ‘ most ‘ refers to ‘ pretty much all ‘ basically  … So what are we taking here ? … 30 or so MILLION people ?!!! … The Toronto Star must have a sizable expense budget for its’ staff !!! … That’s a lotta gas !!! …

Your second step ;

I refer you to my statement above .. If ONE government agency has the information on you … What’s the problem with another ? … UNLESS YOU ARE HIDING SOMETHING !!! ..

And on to your ‘ final ‘ step ;

You begin by stating … In effect ADMITTING ! that the Privacy Act is ‘ outdated ‘ … Yet lament that Bill C-51 will allow the government to correct that serious problem which has resulted from the challenges they face in TODAY’S world !!! …

By any chance are you a liberal from KBec Mich ? …

 

 

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via Privacy under attack in anti-terror bill: Geist | Toronto Star.

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