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Who Could Argue Against Stronger Child Porn Laws?

Submitted by on December 2, 2009 – 3:54 pmNo Comment
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Call me a cynic (you won’t be the first to do so), but any time I see a new law targeting internet child pornography I suspect that the real agenda of the law maker is to chisel away at our already fragile privacy rights. With the introduction of Bill C-58 the Conservative Party of Canada does just that by making Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and even the providers of other standard services such as search, hosting and email an arm of the justice department. This bill essentially requires private networks to monitor the content being passed by its users, report to police potential violations and maintain personal data without the knowledge of the user.

According to Michael Geist, Canada’s preeminent expert on Internet law, this bill does nothing to combat the distribution of child pornography that is not already on the books. Canada is already at the forefront of investigation and prosecution of child pornographers. This legislation simply puts the onus on ISPs rather than law enforcement to police the networks we use for legitimate communication.

This bill essentially takes an emotional issue, exploits the fear of parents, and brings a Trojan horse of privacy violations to our networks and ISPs without advancing child porn prosecutions in the least. An op-ed piece by Sun Media editor Greg Weston this week demands even more monitoring of private data by companies trusted to host our web sites, administer our email and provide our search results. How could any “right-thinking citizen”, as Weston puts it, argue against strengthening child porn laws? Read between the lines, people. Between terrorists and child pornographers there is nothing that some people aren’t willing to hand over to police and government.

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