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Canadians worried about a potential loss of privacy due to a bill tabled this week in the House of Commons have decided to go the opposite route and tell Public Safety Minister Vic Toews everything about their lives, flooding his Twitter feed.
Toews has been downplaying fears since Tuesday when the legislation was tabled.
"The police will not be able to read emails or track web activity without a warrant," Toews said Thursday afternoon in question period.
The government has said it will consider amendments to the legislation, which has just started to make its way through the House of Commons.
Inspired by Bill C-30 and now trending, a hashtag devoted to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is gathering a strange assortment of Twitter traffic. We've updated with our favourites ...
The anonymous account uses an IP address that originates within the House of Commons, the Ottawa Citizen reported Friday.
An IP address is a unique number that identifies computers in a network, which suggests that someone who works on Parliament Hill may be posting Toews's personal information online.
Originally posted by masqua
Seems the NDP might be the original source behind these Tweets. I know it is difficult to hold a majority government's feet to the fire, but this is a completely new method using the internet to inflame public sentiments. If Question Period doesn't work, take the issue to the people via Twitter.
Originally posted by masqua
If I was to have bet, I'd have put my money on Justin Trudeau as the source.
Starting on Feb. 14, an unidentified user employed Twitter to broadcast deeply personal and private details of Mr. Toews’s marital breakdown – information obtained from affidavits that are nevertheless publicly available from a Winnipeg court.
Late Friday, the Twitter page was shut down after this final post: "I set up this project to make a point, not ensnare innocent people in a government witch hunt,” the last post to @vikileaks30 said, before the page disappeared.
Bill C-30, which the Conservatives have named the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, would require telecommunications service providers to give police a person’s name, address, phone numbers, e-mail address and Internet Protocol address – which identifies a person on a computer – upon request and without a warrant.
In an about-face Wednesday, the Harper government blinked in the face of a backlash over the legislation and said it’s now prepared to accept a broad range of changes to a bill criticized as a major intrusion into Canadians’ privacy.
Under the bill as written, companies would also be forced to adapt their equipment so that authorities could monitor the actions of subscribers. Those authorities would have to obtain a judicial warrant, however, before they could track the mobile-phone movements and online activities of people suspected of committing a crime.