Why? This is why.
Most telling from the article?
- "We have not and we will not be proposing legislation to grant police the power to get information from internet companies without a warrant. That's never been a proposal," Day said.
- In a reversal from Day's position in 2007, one of the new bills would require internet service providers and cellphone companies to provide police with "timely access" to personal information about subscribers — including names, address and internet addresses — without the need for a warrant.
The government goes on to protest, "But all the cool countries are doing it!"
Let's quickly summarize the other countries laid out for us by the CBC:
- UK - RIPA is a pretty sweeping anti-privacy bill. So a valid comparison there.
- US - The Patriot Act. Need I say more? But they're working to rescind certain wiretapping abilities, and, come to it, do we really want to be emulating the Bush Era US Government?
- Australia - You still need a warrant. Under this bill, our police don't.
- New Zealand - Still need a warrant.
- Germany - warrantless behavior overturned.
- Sweden - is worse. No question there.
But if "the cool kids are doing it" isn't a good reason for children, why should it be a valid excuse for our government?