Controversial Online Surveillance Bill C-51 Has Been Tabled

Overwhelming opposition nipped SOPA and PIPA in the bud. Canadian consumers have so far not been able to repeat this feat on home soil.

The Conservative government has now officially tabled its highly controversial and widely unpopular online surveillance Bill C-51, the “lawful access” legislation. It is allegedly aimed at protecting children from internet predators, but will allow police to penetrate the vaults of internet service providers to access private data from their customers without warrants.

Over 80,000 people have signed a petition started by Vancouver pro-internet organization OpenMedia. But its effect has been negligible thus far in stifling the government’s efforts.