Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ shocking comments on critics of online surveillance in the House of Commons yesterday have attracted widespread media attention with coverage in the Globe
, and Postmedia
. Toews responded
to questions about online surveillance by accusing critics of siding with child pornographers:
As technology evolves, many criminal activities, such as the distribution of child pornography, become much easier. We are proposing measures to bring our laws into the 21st century and to provide the police with the lawful tools that they need. He can either stand with us or with the child pornographers.
Toews may be surprised by the negative reaction because he has been saying similar things for weeks. Consider:
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While many will be focused on the return of lawful access, today is also the deadline for submissions to the government’s public consultation
on Canadian entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. As I noted in earlier posts (here
, and here
), the TPP would have enormous implications for Canadian copyright law – the Globe’s John Ibbitson described
as surrendering Canadian copyright sovereignty – as it would require stricter digital lock rules, extend the term of copyright, and mandate new Internet provider liability provisions.
I’ve posted my submission, which includes comments on the lack of transparency with the TPP negotiations, digital locks, Internet provider liability, and copyright term, below. Another submission focused on the public domain comes from Dr. Mark Akrigg, Founder, Project Gutenberg Canada.
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