With the support of the Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a new grass-roots organization, Online Rights Canada, was launched last Friday in order to give Canadians a new voice in critical technology and information policy issues.
One of ORC’s first actions is a petition drive against unwarranted surveillance law. A bill proposed in Parliament last month would have allowed law enforcement agencies to obtain personal information without a warrant and forced communications providers to build surveillance backdoors into the hardware that routes phone calls and Internet traffic. The petition asks Canadian lawmakers to protect citizens’ privacy rights when the new government convenes in 2006. Other important issues for ORC will include copyright law, access to information, and freedom from censorship.
The legislation being referred to is Bill C-74, the Modernization of Investigative Techniques Act (pdf).