Bill C-26, new cybersecurity legislation, proposes to give the Canadian government sweeping new powers including the ability to permanently disconnect anyone in Canada from the Internet – in complete secrecy!1,2,3
If passed into law, this would allow a cabinet minister to issue a secret order to any Internet Service Provider (ISP) to permanently disconnect anyone in Canada from accessing the Internet if the minister believes they are connected to cybersecurity issues.
This is some dystopian nonsense.
Canada is in desperate need of new cybersecurity protections – but these must be balanced with appropriate safeguards to prevent their abuse and misuse.
In its current form, Bill C-26 threatens to give the government the power to permanently disconnect anyone in Canada from the Internet with NO external review, NO recourse, and NO public transparency.
This is NOT how justice in a free country should work.
There’s no reason why we can’t have cybersecurity protections AND privacy/due process. We can have both, but sadly, it looks like we need to FIGHT for it.