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Celebrate #TellVicEverything One Year Later
February 16, 2013 marks the one-year anniversary of the #TellVicEverything Twitter campaign, which went viral and saw thousands of Canadians voicing their opposition to the government's controversial online spying legislation, Bill C-30 - leading to its defeat.
Concerned citizens all over Canada expressed their dissatisfaction by, literally, telling Vic everything about their lives. Here's an example:
In response, the government announced on Monday, February 11th that it will shelve the bill. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said "We've listened to the concerns of Canadians who have been very clear on this.” To celebrate, OpenMedia.ca has created an infographic outlining the milestones and successes of the Stop Online Spying petition, which, in 2012, garnered the support of nearly 150,000 Canadians who opposed Bill C-30’s costly, invasive, warrantless online spying measures.
We’ve banded together to stop online spying before and on February 11, 2013 we saw a huge win thanks to the hard work and dedication of Canadians - the government bowed to public pressure and killed bill C-30!
This is a great win for Canadians, but we need to remain vigilant. While the government has killed bill C-30, they have not given us a firm pro-privacy commitment. We need the government to pass legislation that specifically prohibits Internet service providers from giving our private data to authorities unless they have a court order. This commitment would help to ensure extreme and secretive treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would criminalize Canadians’ everyday use of the Internet, cannot invade Canadians’ private online information.
We deserve a simple and firm commitment to protect Canadians’ privacy. On February 16th let’s celebrate our win and call on the government to make a pro-privacy commitment to end threats to our online privacy. Onward!
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