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CJFE launches MyPrivacy campaign

Toronto-based Canadian Journalists for Free Expression has begun a campaign called "MyPrivacy" intended to raise awareness of the privacy implications of the federal government's proposed Bill C-51. The organization, in association with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, asserts that five sections of the bill unjustifiably violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The campaign encourages Canadians to participate in the government's recently-announced public consultation regarding the bill. The creative makes use of an image of a reflective human eye similar to the lens of a surveillance camera. It includes the tagline, "Do you like being watched?" The initiative also features a website at <http://www.dontwatchme.ca>, at which visitors can generate and share images of themselves within the eye, as if under surveillance.

"No legislation has had more of an impact on free expression and civil liberties in recent history than C-51," said Tom Henheffer, executive director of CJFE. "It is dangerously overbroad, unjustifiably encroaches on the rights of Canadians, and needs to be scrapped or dramatically amended. To do so properly and transparently, our new government must engage in robust dialogue with Canadians, experts and civil society organizations."

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