Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Ottawa: USA Patriot Act Considered a threat to Canadians

The USA Patriot Act which severely takes away US Citizens' civil liberties in the name of security is coming under scrutiny in Canada. There is a worry about how much the Patriot Act can take away Canadians' privacy. Canadians have a natural worry about anything that would take away their rights to privacy and this is reflected in Canada's Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart. A new report has come out lead by her which calls for amendmants to the Canadian Privacy Act to better guard Canadians. The report even directly takes aim and states "The USA PATRIOT Act has become the symbol of the increasing concern of Canadians about the security of their personal information when it leaves Canada."[1]

This comes in a month where Quebec has introduced new legislation for the protection of Quebeckers privacy. Quebec however, is only following similar legislation to that introduced in British Columbia, Alberta and, Nova Scotia already. The legislation would limit the ability of companies from passing on information about citizens of those provinces. Companies passing on information to the US government has become famous due to a domestic spying program where companies such as AT&T and, Verizon which passed on telephone information to the NSA.

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4 Comments:

Blogger sappho said...

Oh boy, looks like the US style Spy Machine is starting to possibly spread its influence to our neighbor. Lets hope that Canada remains Canada, & dosent become too influenced by the United States & its rampant raping of Americans rights.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Jade said...

Well with things like Continental Command and a North American Union in the works I'm not too sure.

7:41 PM  
Anonymous CareLyn said...

Good to know people in other countries are concerned, several of us in America truly feel we are fighting an uphill loosing battle in relation to these issues. Ofcourse watch your Higher eshelon as well they are all in kahootz.Unfortunately it appears as if certain unnamed in the U.S.A. have been influences by fascism Thank for your concern , keep yourselves free. CareLyn, Chicago, USA

7:08 AM  
Blogger Jade said...

Carelyn you should never feel alone in this world. Everywhere around the world there is resistence to the negative effects of globalization as well as, the removal of our civil liberities.

Also you may be amused by Project for the Old American Century it amuses me makes fun of PNAC who is an organization I despise. A new Pearle Harbour my ass, well I guess they got it on 9/11.

8:18 AM  

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