The Mozilla project, the open-source software community behind the Firefox browser, has issued a statement urging the Canadian federal government not to go ahead with Bill C-51.
The bill’s move to broadly expand information sharing between governments and give new powers to Canada’s intel agencies will “undermine user trust, threaten the openness of the Web, and reduce the security of the Internet and its users,” Mozilla internet policy director Jochai Ben-Avie said in a statement published on the Mozilla blog.
“C-51 is sweeping in scope, including granting Canadian intelligence agencies CSIS and CSE new authority for offensive online attacks, as well as allowing these agencies to obtain significant amounts of information held by the Canadian government,” Ben-Avie wrote.
The Canadian Bar Association came out against the bill in March, arguing it contains “ill-considered” measures that erode Canadians’ civil liberties without making them safer.
The bill’s “vague and overly broad” language means it could be used to harass protesters and put a chill on legitimate dissent, the group said.
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