Google (Canada), a major Internet provider, is demanding Canada follow the U.S. and Australia in blocking access to the social network.
Internet service providers like Google are worried that if Canadians can access Facebook in Canada, it could lead to them becoming addicted to the Internet and have to switch providers.
The Internet Service Providers of Canada (ISPC) are pushing for the government to enact the Canadian Digital Media Act, which would prevent Canadian ISPs from blocking access on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, including those hosted by Google.
Under the Canadian act, ISPs are prohibited from blocking content based on the content’s origin or location, but the ISP could block content that is not based on a location.
Under Section 41 of the act, however, the ISP would be allowed to block content based solely on the provider’s intent.
Under section 41(1), the ISP is allowed to determine whether a user has a “specific reason” to access a content provider’s service based on whether the content provider has posted a notification in a particular manner.
The ISP is also allowed to decide whether to block a user based on “specific characteristics of a user’s profile,” but the criteria are limited.ISPs can decide that content that the ISP does not know about will be blocked, but that does not mean the ISP has no right to decide to block the content, the government says.
The government says the act is needed to protect consumers and to encourage innovation in the internet ecosystem.
The law would also help to protect Canadians’ personal information, including their names and contact information, as well as to protect privacy.ISPCs are the largest Internet service provider in Canada and they are expected to spend $60 billion in the coming years on broadband and mobile services.