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Mass surveillance technology like Clearview's would not exist without demand from Canadian police.
The technology was capturing ages and genders of customers without their knowledge.
From mass surveillance to continuing the No Fly List, nearly all the "problematic" aspects of Bill C-51 remain unfixed.
There can be no full comprehension of contemporary racism without an understanding and acknowledgement of its historical, colonial roots. Put simply, contemporary racism is historical racism; it is just a continuation and adaptation in another form, another guise of policies, strategies, systems.
The RCMP feels that its voice and the voices of other law enforcement agencies aren't being heard in the government's public consultation on national security, which runs online until midnight PST December 15. Could something so weighted towards police powers have truly excluded the police?
Leaving it up to the minister in charge to decide what is acceptable and what is not, or what is lawful and what is not, is far from a democratic and accountable model. We need review mechanisms with the necessary autonomy, independence and structure to create true accountability.
For some time, Canadians have been calling for answers from the RCMP and other police forces across Canada about the use of these invasive cellphone surveillance devices. Stingrays enable wholesale monitoring of our most intimate moments, and undermine our privacy and security.
It's been one year. Saturday marked exactly 365 days since the former Conservative government introduced Bill C-51, with its controversial spy powers that experts warn are shredding our basic constitutional rights. So, where do things stand now? After intense debate, C-51 was pushed through Parliament and is now law, but its many opponents are making progress. Over the past few weeks, we have seen positive signs from the new federal government, as it has finally promised to meet calls for public consultation from Canadians, civil society and experts.
In the midst of the honeymoon period of the new Justin Trudeau Liberal government, we're seeing positive changes in a lot of the top areas that resonate with Canadians. However, we've still not heard anything about resolving Bill C-51, one of the top political issues in Canada this year.
Attention is turning to what the Liberals plan to do when they formally assume office in just a couple weeks. Many Canadians will be watching very closely to see what the Liberals are planning on the reckless secret police bill introduced by the previous government.