Canada to cut off internet access to sites selling Canadian goods

Canada’s top internet regulator is planning to cut internet access from all online shopping sites as it continues to enforce the country’s online spy law.

In a statement, Communications Minister Christian Paradis said Thursday that Canada’s information and communications technology commissioner will begin “suspending” all online service providers from selling Canadian products and services.

The move, which could also mean shutting down services like the internet café and other social networking sites, is likely to have a “significant impact” on Canada’s online shopping industry, said Paradis.

Paradis also said the agency would not allow sites that offer Canadian goods to be sold on its website, such as a fashion shop, news agency The Globe and Mail reported.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged to introduce new legislation that would give Canadian police and prosecutors more powers to crack down on online crime.

He has also said he plans to enact legislation that will allow the police to ask Internet service providers to store personal information, such for example, for up to two years, for a period of up to 180 days, as part of a broader push to crack the digital economy.

The new measures will be subject to consultations, he said.