The organisers of the Pan American Games in Toronto, which start this week, require that people seek formal permission to link to its website at toronto2015.org.
(H/T Sobering Thoughts)
This is despite the fact that the PanAm Games have been heavily subsidized by the Ontario taxpayers. That means that tax dollars were used to create a website that taxpayers cannot link to. Nor is this some obscure maintenance or reference page, it's the main portal site for the games. You can see it here in all its glory. The site features the PanAm games' tacky logo, low-res photos of the athletes, directions to the various venues and the all important medal count.
Links to this Site are not permitted except with the written consent of TO2015™. If you wish to link to the Site, you must submit a written request to TO2015™ to do so. Requests for written consent can be sent to email@example.com. TO2015™ reserves the right to withhold its consent to link, such right to be exercised in its sole and unfettered discretion.
For years journalists and ordinary citizens have filed Freedom of Information requests with various levels of government. This is done to obtain otherwise classified or confidential documents. Apparently a similar process must now be used to gain permission to link to a freely available website. Even e-mailing a link to someone might require written consent from TO2015. Given the so-far inept handling of the games it's likely that such consent, if anyone bothered to request it, would be granted long after the closing ceremonies.
There are things so stupid and inane that only a government lawyer could imagine them.
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