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Friday, December 06, 2013

They’re spying on our in boxes!

The Harper government is attacking our civil liberties,hiding new privacy-eroding spy rules inside a giant omnibus bill. The last time Harper tried to sneak a bill like this past us, citizens fought back and won -- let’s do it again! Click now to stop them from spying on our inboxes and share with everyone: 

The Harper government is attacking our privacy by sneaking new on line spying rules into a giant omnibus bill, but a massive outcry can stop them from spying on our inboxes -- we only have days until a crucial vote.

The government says the bill is about protecting kids from cyber bullying, but only four of its 70 pages deal with the issue. The rest could systematically dismantle key civil liberties, making it easier for authorities to spy on everything we do online, and even track our movements using our own phones. The last time Harper tried to sneak a bill like this past us, citizens of all political stripes fought back and won by creating an uproar in the press -- now we’re ready to do it again! 

We know the Conservatives care most about what their own supporters think, so now Avaaz and advocates from across the political spectrum are teaming up to call on the PM to drop this rotten bill. When 50,000 of us sign we’ll launch a media storm in key Ministers' ridings so they feel the heat from their own constituents. Click now to stop them from spying on our inboxes: 

The legislation purports to be about cyber bullying, as a response to the tragic deaths of Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd, who endured years of torment at the hands of bullies before taking their own lives. It hurts to think about how bleak the world must have looked for these girls, and it’s painful knowing that it could happen again. It’s clear that we need to stop online bullying, but it doesn't need to be at the expense of our civil liberties: this overbroad bill could be withdrawn and the cyber bullying rules reintroduced independently.

It’s awful to think that the Harper government is using these tragedies to try to sneak a law past all of us. They’re pulling at our heart-strings and hoping we won’t notice while they slash and burn our right to online privacy, but if we can see this bill for what it really is and stand strong against it, we can help make sure its worst provisions don’t pass -- just like we all did last time they tried this.

Click now to take action, and Avaaz will team up conservatives to show Harper that he needs to let MPs vote on an anti-bullying bill that will save kids without also selling our privacy down the river. 

The government has already tried and failed to strip our civil liberties in a bill allegedly designed to keep us safe from terrorists, and then they tried the same trick introducing a bill to allegedly protect children from online predators. But when we showed them we were prepared to fight to defend our rights they killed the bill and now we can take them on again to protect our online privacy.

With hope,

Jeremy, Ari, Emma, Ricken, Melanie, and the entire Avaaz team

The Cyberbullying Bill Is A Virtual Big Brother in Disguise (Huffington Post)

Privacy watchdog coalition slams surveillance (24hrs Vancouver)

New cyber-bullying bill may threaten civil liberties (Edmonton Journal)

Online Spying is back - here’s what Canadians are saying (Open Media)

Ottawa’s proposed law on ‘cyberbullying’ attacks civil rights (Vancouver Observer) 

Conservatives kill controversial ‘child pornographers’ Internet surveillance bill (National Post)
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