Letter: Anti-terrorism Bill-51 will share your private info

The bill is ineffective because it will lead to dragnet surveillance and information sharing on innocent Canadians…

To the editor:

Re: Federal Anti-terrorism legislation, Bill-C51

If the bill passes, your sensitive private information would be shared between no fewer than 17 government agencies and even handed to foreign governments.

This includes sensitive information that can reveal everything from your financial status, to your medical history, your sexual orientation, and even your religious and political beliefs.

The bill is dangerous because it opens the door for violations of our Charter Rights including censorship of free expression online.

Victims of these privacy breaches wouldn’t even be informed—that means the government could spy on anyone, at anytime, and we wouldn’t even know when we’ve been a victim.

The bill is ineffective because it will lead to dragnet surveillance and information sharing on innocent Canadians that even [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper has admitted is ineffective.

To make matters worse the government is trying to push this law through parliament in record time. Do we really want the government to create a shadowy and unaccountable secret police force that will trample on innocent citizens’ freedoms?

#StopHarper

I encourage Canadians to learn more about how we can work together to stop secret police Bill C-51 at: StopC51.ca.

Michael Chopek, Lake Country