Online privacy watchdogs warn Internet regulation plans cooked up by the former Liberal government would make Canada’s internet among the world’s most censored and surveilled.
Even though Bill C-10, An Act To Amend The Broadcasting Act, died in the Senate when parliament was dissolved, the federal Liberals have made it known they intend to reintroduce the contentious bill.
That, said Open Media of Vancouver, would put Canada’s online freedoms far behind other world democracies.
“Liberals are poised to push forward with their harmful internet censorship plans,” said Open Media’s Matthew Hatfield, reported Blacklock’s Reporter.
“Our newly-elected government is cynically taking advantage of our political fatigue and frustration with the internet to try to trick the public.”
Part of the measures contained within Bill C-10 includes a proposal to classify YouTube videos intended for private viewing to be regulated the same as programming aired by licenced broadcasters.
Further measures included the June 23 introduction of Bill C-36, which would amend the Criminal Code to allow authorities to levy penalties against Youtubers, internet publishers or social media users deemed in violation that includes $70,000 fines or even house arrest.
Critics said the bill’s language on how to balance regulation with freedom of expression is woefully, and dangerously, vague.
As well, a July 29 technical paper proposed by cabinet includes appointing a chief internet censor with powers to summarily block content and websites and conduct closed-door hearings to investigate complaints.
Bill C-36 also died before it could pass both houses.