BY ROB SALERNO - It didn't take long for the public backlash against the Harper government's proposed internet snooping legislation to get results, did it? The Globe is reporting that the government is going to send the bill to committee for major amendments after days of protest on the internet that culminated with Liberal MP Justin Trudeau sarcastically
promoting condemning a Twitter feed that contained embarrassing personal details about Public Safety Minister Vic Toews' divorce proceedings.
By now, you've probably heard that Toews has condemned anyone who doesn't agree with the proposed legislation as siding with "child pornographers." Apparently that even includes a number of members of his own caucus. Ooooh, the Conservative caucus retreat is going to be aaaawkward this year:
And rightly so. Despite multiple events that indicate otherwise, if there's one thing these Conservatives are supposed to stand for, it's small government, personal liberty and privacy.
That seems to be at odds with a bill that gives the government unfettered warrantless access to your personal information and requires internet service providers to maintain records of the communications that all of its clients send and receive on the internet -- a service for which you will undoubtedly be paying for. Police would then be able to access your entire history with a warrant. But the maintenance of all that data will also undoubtedly be very valuable for commercial purposes, hackers and other snoopers.