As a concerned Canadian, I am urging you to address the dangerous new powers being proposed for CSE in Bill C-59.
Throughout the process of reforming Bill C-51, Canadians have been very clear on the need to scale back the drastic and invasive national security measures in the bill.
Public Safety Canada’s own “What We Learned” report, which formed the basis of Bill C-59, confirmed that the majority of stakeholders and experts called for existing measures to be scaled back or repealed completely, and that that most participants in the consultations “opted to err on the side of protecting individual rights and freedoms rather than granting additional powers to national security agencies and law enforcement.”
The new active and defensive cyber operations powers proposed in Bill C-59 for CSE are directly opposed to the wishes of the majority of Canadians. We asked for privacy, but instead we’ve got an out of control spy agency with even more extreme powers than before.
Security and privacy experts throughout Canada have expressed in great detail the issues with the proposed bill, and the changes that need to be made to protect the privacy and security of Canadians. Experts have warned of the consequences of granting powers like these, powers that would be all the more dangerous given the lack of oversight included in the bill.
I would like to point you to the “Analysis of the Communications Security Establishment Act and Related Provisions in Bill C-59 (An Act respecting national security matters)” by The Citizen Lab and the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC). The recommendations laid out in this report should be adopted by the SECU committee.
In a world, and time, where digital technologies are being used by so many to threaten our digital safety, we need our government to be helping make the world better – not actively undermining our security.