Have you read Nineteen Eighty-Four?
Were you cheering for Big Brother’s totalitarian regime of constant surveillance the whole time?
No? You mean you read it as some kind of satirical warning of the dangers of allowing the government too much power to monitor its citizens’ private affairs?
Better stay out of Canada then, you paedo.
Yes, that’s seriously how Canada’s Minister of Public Safety seems to think. There’s a new law being proposed, which seems likely to go ahead. What would this law do?
Internet service providers and cellphone companies must hand over basic subscriber information of customers to law enforcement agencies.
In addition to a name, address, phone number and email address, companies would also be required to hand over the Internet protocol address and a series of device identification numbers, allowing police to build a detailed profile on a person using their digital footprint and to facilitate the tracking of a person’s movement through the location of their cellphone.
The police won’t have to get a warrant to find out all this stuff. They won’t need to even suspect you of anything, or provide reasonable grounds for suspicion at any later point, or let you know they’re demanding this information about you.
They just want to change the default state, to one in which they get to snoop through the stuff you assume is private, because they’re called the government.
And if you’re not okay with it, well, you’re on the same side as child pornographers.
If the people running the country really can’t think of any reason why someone might be opposed to giving the government even more power over its people, other than the desire to stand shoulder to shoulder with those dealing in child porn, then Canada’s in real trouble.
As an argument, it’s up there with “You know who else liked breathing oxygen? HITLER.”