Consequences of Bill C-30: In Layman’s Terms

This is an update to the previous post, at which time this rant was against Bill C-10.

Ask yourselves: why are they pushing so hard so often to pass a surveillance law? When you build Super Jails when crime rates are decreasing, the only way to fill new prisons is to criminalize behaviour that is currently legal. That is where Bill C-30 comes in handy.

I’ve copied an excellent summary of new reasons to throw you in jail, courtesy of David Krae, after the pic below.


C30 apparently does the following:

Peace Officers will be able to compel ISPs to provide ‘basic’ information on you without an immediate warrant…which sounds innocuous until you add that to the below.

‘Inspectors‘ (whatever they might be – see below) are given full access to all information at any time and ISPs are compelled to cooperate with them in every way

Section 33 of Bill C30 – “The Minister may designate persons or classes of persons as inspectors for the purposes of the administration and enforcement of this Act.”

Section 34 -Inspectors may “enter any place owned by, or under the control of, any telecommunications service provider in which the inspector has
reasonable grounds to believe there is any document, information,
transmission apparatus, telecommunications facility or any other thing
to which this Act applies.”

Said inspector may “examine any document, information
or thing found in the place and open or cause to be opened any container
or other thing.” Inspectors may also “use, or cause to be used, any
computer system in the place to search and examine any information
contained in or available to the system.”

The above is from the Conservative bill C30 – it means that not just police, but ANYONE who the minister of the day deems suitable…including political aides…can be designated aninspector“.

A Peace Officer can make a preservation demand (meaning essentially that you aren’t allowed to erase files) if they believe “an offence has been or will be committed under this or any other Act of Parliament [READ BILL C-11) or has been committed under a law of a foreign state” — meaning that even if something isn’t illegal in Canada, you can be arrested for something that is illegal in any other country in the world — you might not be charged or convicted in Canada…but you can certainly be detained and prevented from doing a whole lot of things...

provides for the installation of monitoring software on ISPs (and possibly websites).

expands the definition of and identifiable group (in terms of hate crimes) to now include “national origin, age, sex, mental or physical disability” – in addition to the original definition being “colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation” – which then means what? – calling someone a ‘leftard’ could be construed as a hate crime, or being critical of a nation or someone from a nation could be a hate crime, women saying men are jerks or men saying women are stupid.. the chilling effect will be expanded….

— this Bill also expands the ‘dirty phone call clause’ (372.(1) to now include any form of telecommunication — whereby before calling someone on the phone with the intent to “alarm or annoy” that person by making an “indecent” telephone call (which is one thing)— is expanded to now include emailing, texting or tweeting someone anything indecent (the definition of ‘indecent’ being something I am currently looking into) and also including a person other than the intended recipient

repeated messaging — would also be illegal — so sending messages to Vic on twitter just to annoy him would become “an offence punishable on summary conviction

487.0191 – As I understand this, you can essentially be gagged from telling anyone that you’re being investigated — nothing new, but it’s been formalized rather neatly…

487.015(4) (New) A peace officer or public officer (whatever that means) may serve the order on any person who was involved in the transmission of the communication and whose identity was unknown when the application was made — meaning that once they do have a warrant to search one person’s information, they can then unilaterally expand it to search any additional number of people ‘involved’…which means what? – on their contact list?

AND — FROM BILL C-12 – which is also getting a nice little update

7 (5) Appears to make it so an organization (website you belong to, even?) is prohibited from letting you know that they have been forced to disclose your information if it has been requested for the purpose of investigation. If they want to let you know, the have to make a request and either wait 30 days and the request can be denied if it might be considered “injurious to national security, the defence of Canada or the conduct of international affairs” money laundering, terrorist financing or the enforcement of any law of Canada, a province or a foreign jurisdiction, an investigation relating to the enforcement of such law or the gathering of intelligence for the purpose of enforcing such law….blah blah blah…. basically –“No way in hell, we’re letting you tell Joe Blow that we’ve opened a file on him and that we’ve forced you to give us all the info you have.”

If you don’t see the awesome potential here for intimidation, government corruption, fishing expeditions and outright criminal behaviour on the part of government and private individuals against ordinary citizens, then you’re in serious trouble.

This bill has got to go.