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Twitter account blows privacy on politician

A Conservative cabinet minister heading up a controversial bill that threatens the privacy of Canadian had the tables turned on his own personal life.

An anonymous Twitter account has emerged posting tweets about Public Safety Minister Vic Towes.

“Vic wants to know about you. Let's get to know about Vic,” said one tweet, of about 60 posted by the account at the time of this writing.

If you’re wondering who Vic Toews is, here’s a bit of background.

The politician is at the head of a controversial bill designed to crack down on cyber crime and child pornography.

But inside the proposed law are several alarming ways to intrude on your privacy, critics argue.

The law, known as C-30, would let Internet companies monitor and intercept your Internet connection, and more easily pass that information on to the police.

News reports say the bill, if passed, would also require ISPs to hand over your name and address to police – even if they don’t have a warrant.

It seems someone was enraged enough by this bill that they cared the anonymous Twitter account and began posting details about Minister Toews’ divorce.

“Let's start with affidavits from Vic's divorce case. #cdnpoli #c30,” said the first tweet about his divorce.

Did the anonymous Twitter account go too far?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets




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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.