hey y'all i've recently become a bit more involved & tried to get up to speed on this whole internet privacy issue... Open Media is at it again!
PLEASE FILL OUT the online form & sign the petition! even if you're not into politics, some one else is at it for you & all you need is 5 minutes to catch up on big brothers plans... in the end, it will cost a crapload of money & we will be in the loosing end!
i signed the petition, immediately got a response from my local MP... that's from an actual human being!!
not from a computer!! the following is 3rd email from them regarding the petition... some very useful
information... WEATHER you agree with NDP or not!!
, i've deleted my own MPs name for privacy purposes, i'm sure you understand,.!
Thank you for your previous email outlining your desire for better protection for consumers in the growing digital economy. New Democrats recognize the importance of the digital economy and we are working hard to protect Canadian consumers.
First, please know that we share the concerns of many Canadians who oppose legislation relating to lawful access, ACTA, and digital locks. NDP Digital Issues critic Charmaine Borg and NDP Public Safety critic Jasbir Sandhu are taking the lead on these issues.
Regarding Bill C-30, we believe that this lawful access legislation proposed by the Harper government is deeply flawed. In summary, C-30 includes troubling measures that would:
- violate privacy rights of Canadians;
- give authorities the power to access your personal information without a warrant;
- force every telecom, telephone, Internet, wireless provider to create elaborate spy backdoors that will become a gold mine for hackers;
- provide inadequate oversight to protect Canadians from abuse of warrantless access;
- force TSPs to incur the costs of developing this permanent surveillance infrastructure, costs which will likely be passed on to consumers.
We recognize that police officers should have the necessary tools to go aggressively after child pornographers and other cyber criminals- so they can be punished to the full extent of the law. However, this can be achieved without making offensive comparisons and treating law-abiding Canadians like criminals.
You may also be interested to know that NDP MP Charmaine Borg has been successful at pressing the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, to study measures taken by Google, Facebook and other social media giants to protect the personal information of millions of their Canadian users.
Upon introducing the motion that led to the review, Charmaine stated "It is up to Parliamentarians to be savvy and responsive to the changing realities of privacy protection online. This is the new frontier in managing Big Data and keeping Canadians’ privacy safe from the appetites of market research interests. Parliamentarians must act now."
Regarding changes to copyright laws, we believe it is important to balance the rights of artists, consumers and rights-holders. Canada needs effective legislation to ensure artists' royalties are protected; long-distance education opportunities aren't hindered; and that young people aren't subject to unfair, expensive fines.
Finally, New Democrats have long been on record with our opposition to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). We believe that there must be a balance between the rights of creators and users, and that this will not be achieved through a process shrouded in secrecy. Unfortunately, the Conservative government signed this treaty late last year after winning their majority government. For our part, MP Charlie Angus has been speaking out against this treaty over the past several years. We have repeatedly called for a broad and transparent consultation process with the public. This issue demands fair treatment and compensation of copyrighted material along with a fundamental right of access to the Internet. Regrettably, the Conservative government did not heed our advice. You can read more about our opposition to ACTA here: http://tinyurl.com/75xo6rd.
Going forward, we will continue to advocate for better protection on behalf of Canadian consumers.
Again, I appreciate hearing from you. Please visit our website at www.ndp.ca to learn the latest about our team of New Democrats.
All the best,
Leader of the Official Opposition
New Democratic Party of Canada