The Canadian government is secretly negotiating an international trade agreement which could broaden the power of law enforcement officials to invade your privacy, snoop into the content on your personal electronic devices and make a lot more copied content illegal.
Led by the United States, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) would revamp copyright laws and impose strict regulations on Internet service providers, forcing them to hand over customer information without a court order.
“Let’s stand up to Big Brother” – The Vancouver Province
“Gov’t wants into your laptop” – The Vancouver Province
“Copyright deal could toughen rules governing info on iPods, computers” – The Ottawa Citizen
Read the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) for access to an excellent submission on ACTA (See “CIPPIC offers DFAIT Comments on ACTA Discussions”, April 30, 2008)
See Prof. Michael Geist’s blog for lots more information on this issue (See ” U.S. Report Says ACTA Deal Gaining Steam”, May 29, 2008 and “The ACTA Leak”, Friday May 23, 2008)