By Lindey Pinto
April 16, 2012
The EFF teams up with OpenMedia.ca and others to launch Stop Cyber Spying Week
Similar dynamics may be at play with the online spying legislation—Public Safety Minister Vic Toews met with U.S. Homeland Security officials in August last year. In addition, the Perimeter Security deal between Canada and the U.S. includes the establishment of a 'cybersecure perimeter' around both countries. This may mean that Canada will have to meet whatever U.S. cybersecurity (read: online spying) regime is ultimately adopted.
The coalition is urging the public to take part in a Twitter protest directed at our lawmakers, using the hashtags #CongressTMI, #CISPA, and #StopSpying.
In addition to the Twitter protest, we at OpenMedia.ca are participating in the planning of letter-writing and publishing articles that outline the civil liberties implications of invasive online spying.
Some facts about CISPA, courtesy of the EFF:
- CISPA is sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-MD).
- This is legislation that sacrifices civil liberties in the name of security.
- CISPA uses dangerously vague language to define the breadth of data that can be shared with the government.
- It hands the reins of America’s cybersecurity defenses to the NSA, an agency with no transparency and little accountability.
- It allows data shared with the government to be used for purposes unrelated to cybersecurity.
To hold the line against online spying here in Canada, visit http://openmedia.ca/StandWithUs.