Our privacy’s on the line

Individual privacy is fundamental to a healthy democracy, says letter writer.

To the Editor,

Bill C-13 will soon get final reading in the Senate. If it passes it will become law and will allow the government to spy on us without a warrant. That means the government can spy on each and every individual and collect and store personal information in giant databases.

Some will say, well, if you haven’t done anything wrong what do you have to worry about? I believe that an individual’s privacy is fundamental to a healthy democracy and allowing the government the right to do this is a slippery slope that can lead to the erosion of other basic rights.

The Supreme Court recently ruled that warrantless government requests for private information are unconstitutional. Bill C-13 will allow the government to do exactly that, in defiance of our constitution.

People must wake up and take some action by making their voices heard.

I encourage Canadians to learn more about how we can work together to safeguard our privacy.

Douglas Sheffield,

Bowser