Pro-Privacy Canadians Launch Viral Video To Say They Don’t Want To Pay For Online Spying Bill

Citizen-Made Video Launches After Millions Are Set Aside For Bill C-30

May 24, 2012 – has launched a citizen-made online video educating Canadians about the true cost of the government’s online spying legislation C-30 and the threat it poses to personal privacy.

If passed, Bill C-30 will force Canadians to pay for a range of authorities to invasively access their private data, at any time, without a warrant.

Despite media coverage suggesting Bill C-30 has been shelved, last week, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews proclaimed that the government is still “intent on proceeding” with its unpopular, warrantless online spying bill. It has also been revealed that Toews has quietly set aside millions in taxpayer dollars to pay for this costly online spying plan (see links below for details).

“It’s amazing that despite unprecedented public outcry, Toews is pushing forward with the government’s costly and invasive online spying plan. Canadians will not be satisfied until the Minister commits to removing warrantless access to private information or to pulling the legislation altogether,” says Executive Director, Steve Anderson.

Over 135,000 people have signed OpenMedia’s petition and tens of thousands have joined the conversation through the Twitter hashtag #TellVicEverything.

Micheal Vonn, Policy Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association says: “Canadians know that the fight is on for a free Internet and citizens have drawn a line in the sand at the proposal to turn our everyday systems of communication into a giant surveillance dragnet.” invites Canadians to share the video at:

Media outlets and citizens are free to download and use the video as they wish. The video can be downloaded at:

About is a grassroots organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open and affordable Internet. The group works towards informed and participatory digital policy.

About the Campaign

The campaign is supported by a group of public interest organizations, civil liberties groups, businesses, and concerned academics that have come together to encourage the government to reconsider "Lawful Access" legislation. The group points out that this type of legislation enables warrantless surveillance that is invasive, excessive and costly. Over 135,000 Canadians have signed the petition at



Lindsey Pinto
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More Information

The Campaign infographic showing how authorites will be able to use subscriber information without a warrant

Internet surveillance bill not dead, Toews says

Law professor Michael Geist recently reported that “the Public Safety Report on Plans and Priorities for the coming year include a commitment to advance lawful access legislation and an allocation of $2.1 million specifically earmarked for the issue.”

When Vic Toews tabled the C-30 earlier this year it led to a massive public outcry: summary of expert Christopher Parsons: $80 Million dollars for Lawful Access Bill C-30 is a tall guesstimate. Find the original article here.

Survey indicates vast majority of Canadians oppose warrantless online spying

Lawful Access Legislation: Police Misusing Funds Lobbying For Spying Powers

Joint letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper from academics and public interest organizations

Letter to Public Safety Canada from Canada's Privacy Commissioners and Ombudspersons on the current 'Lawful Access' proposals Blog: Battle of the online spying op-eds: Ontario Privacy Commish fires back after MP Toews' weak defense

NDP MPs Angus & Sandhu write to Toews: Online spying bills are "disturbing"

Full text of the online spying bill

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Topics: Online Spying

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