“Criminal bullying is extremely concerning to all Canadians, especially the parents of young children, and Bill C-30 also provides new legislation to help police intervene and investigate cyber bullying in their early stages to prevent needless tragedy. The Bill makes it an offence to use telecommunications, including social media and the Internet, to injure, alarm, and harass others.”
It is striking that the government never mentioned cyber-bullying when it introduced Bill C-30 – not in the press release, the backgrounder, or the myths document. That is because the bill has little to do with cyber-bullying. The attempt to raise it as a justification for Internet surveillance demonstrates yet again how proponents of the bill have failed to muster compelling evidence to support the bill and instead rely on headline-grabbing claims that have minimal connection to the actual proposed legislation.