Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Canada's Privacy laws are under attack - Read the following and sign the petition

Dear Friends:

The Harper government is attacking our privacy by sneaking new online spy rules into a giant omnibus bill. They could act at any moment -- but a massive outcry can stop them from eyeing our inboxes.

They say it’s 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 easier for them to covertly track our movements using our own phones.

The last time Harper tried to sneak a bill like this past us, citizens fought back and won by creating an uproar in the press -- let’s do it again! Click now to stop them from eyeing our inboxes. When 50,000 sign we’ll launch a massive media storm in key Ministers' ridings to make sure they feel the heat from their own constituents:

It’s such a tragedy. Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd endured years of torment at the hands of bullies and were ultimately driven to take 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we need to stop online bullying, but it doesn't need to be at the expense of our civil liberties: this bill should be withdrawn and the cyber bullying rules reintroduced independently.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 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 our kids safe from child pornographers. 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

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