Remember when I said we’re all totally and completely fucked, and how Canada is going to become even more of a Police State. That’s currently stated to happen on Tuesday. The “Safe Streets and Communities Act</a>” is the act that will be bringing in the legislation so that we have data retention in Canada.
The legislation will allow Law Enforcement to get the following information and more identifiying information from an ISP without a warrant wtih just an IP address:
- Name and Address of a Subscriber</li>
- Phone Number</li>
- IMEI of a Cell Phone</li>
- Serial Number of any Electronic Device</li>
- MAC Addresses on file</li> </ul> As I've demonstrated in the past with the table of Government IP addresses, if you have the IP address of one person and for example the web logs of somewhere else, you can jump to some pretty crazy conclusions very quickly. For example, this makes the act of leaving wireless access points open a very risky venture, since if someone visits a site with Child Pornography website from that IP, you can be on the hook for it. There's also some other sinister facts with this. The RCMP itself has logs on their servers, and their logs can indicate who visited the RCMP and why. For example, if someone hates the RCMP and wanted to file a complaint, the RCMP can see who searched for "RCMP Complaint", then use this new ability to get the name and address and maintain a list of everyone who dares cause problems for them. The RCMP in Canada already has way too much power with files on 8 out of 10 people, and the RCMP already punishes people who don't share their political beliefs, so this isn't a far stretch of the imagination that they would abuse this. And that's just the RCMP. There's also the provincial and city police in various jurisdictions. If VPD had this power, things would get to the point of insanity with these cops and their vendettas against the public. Since the police are the enemy of the average person, and are this should concern everyone. I realise that I'm in the minority when I talk about the RCMP, since even in BC, 70% of the people still support the RCMP</a> despite the fact that the RCMP has shot unarmed people in the back, tasered a man without provocation and kicked people in the face while in custody. I'm not even going to get into the whole thought police activities of the Criminal Intelligence group which appears to spend more time going after hippies than Organised Crime. The thing is that 30% of all people in BC is still 1.3 million people who all disapprove of the RCMP. Will those people be considered enemies of the state because they googled "RCMP sucks"? Criminalizing a large chunk of the population for what is essentially thought crime is what we're talking about here. The question is what's going to happen when everyone encrypts their data? I personally plan on getting back into hacking on wireless routers, except this time it's to get people to encrypt all their data in and out of the country. The Internet interprets censorship and totalitarian behaviour as damage and routes around it, and if people let lawful access through without a fight, that's what we're going to be doing for the future. However, right now, even though we're probably going to lose this one, we should still fight like hell, and not just give in to those assholes in Ottawa.