Will Canadian Government Ban Web Anonymity and Hyperlinks?

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The Canadian government is going to enact the Investigative Powers for the 21st Century Act. The Act contains points that violate the rights of Internet users. For example, this bill will put the Canadian users in legal jeopardy for the content of a webpage they link to and will make web anonymity illegal.

A summary of the bill, placed on the Library of Parliament’s website, reads that “Clause 5 of the bill provides that the offences of public incitement of hatred and wilful promotion of hatred may be committed by any means of communication and include making hate material available, by creating a hyperlink that directs web surfers to a website where hate material is posted…”

This point of the bill makes people scared of placing hyperlinks, because they will be legally responsible for the content of a destination webpage, even if it was changed after the link was created. According to the bill, Canadians will not be able to create a blog, because it will be open for public comments and anyone can place a link which the blogger will be responsible for. That’s why, to blog safely, a Canadian should disallow any links.

Moreover, according to Clause 11 of the bill, Canadian users will not be allowed to use aliases while “sending false information, indecent remarks or “harassing” messages”. It makes everybody who use an alias on the Internet  a criminal and jeopardizes web anonymity. This clause also makes it possible for the government to identify and criminalize any user for placing information disapproved of by the authorities.

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One Response to “Will Canadian Government Ban Web Anonymity and Hyperlinks?”

  1. hmm Says:

    the UK will more than likely try and do the same the way things are going not good

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