The majority of comments that were received—in fact, almost the entirety of the comments that the OpenMedia community submitted—were not asking for us to compromise our privacy. I think that we say in the consultation results that over 80% of submissions asked to increase our individual privacy, feeling that we've already overstepped those boundaries of individual privacy in the name of protecting national security and that it isn't actually a balance.
I think that's the biggest problem we keep running into, which is acting as though we have to sacrifice all of our personal information in order to be safe. In effect, we haven't seen any evidence that the mass surveillance and mass collection of data has helped prevent any national security incidents. We also haven't seen any evidence that the information will be lacking in future; we haven't seen that it's providing the insights we need.
All we've seen is that Canadians are scared. They're scared of the information their government is collecting about them. They're scared about how it could be misused in future, maybe not by this government, but the government after that, or the one after that.
We've seen a lot of fear after the change in government in the United States about the way the information is being misused, about what happens when that information gets into different hands—and that's only when it stays within the government. If that information gets into the hands of someone outside of government, which we hope never happens, our intelligence agencies will themselves be compromised. We have and will be collecting the information on our own citizens that hand it over to any other government. That's terrifying.
I think what we're hearing from our community is prove to us that you need it, prove to us that it helps.