CSE's snooping on Canadians is not a secret anymore.
Article by Justin Ling
Highly classified documents obtained by VICE News offer new insights into how Canada's two-headed spy apparatus works to blend its intelligence, skirt court oversight of its spying powers, and intercept communications inside the country's borders. Read more »
Did Conservative Senator Yonah Martin just delete her Twitter account to stop Canadians asking her about Bill C-51?
On May 6th we witnessed how the government used its majority to ram Bill C-51 through the House of Commons after only two days of debate. The legislation - now opposed by a whopping 56% of Canadians with just 33% in favour - will now be considered by the Senate. This is why at OpenMedia we updated our StopC51.ca action platform so that our petition, signed by more than 230,000 Canadians, now targets the Senate. The platform shows each Senator’s voting intentions and also serves as a quick tool to send Senators an email or a tweet.
Our team made sure we had our facts right, so we checked the Senator’s emails and added the Twitter tool for those who had Twitter profiles. Conservative Senator Yonah Martin was one of the few Senators with an active Twitter account. As seen below, her Twitter handle @YonahMartin was a real thing until not so long ago…
OpenMedia welcomes new CRTC Internet speed measurement program as a win for Canadians and an important step to protect net neutrality
May 21, 2015 – This morning the CRTC announced a new Internet speed measurement program designed to “measure the performance of their home broadband Internet services,” and is inviting everyday Canadians to participate. Community-backed OpenMedia, which called for proactive audits of Internet performance in its crowdsourced Casting an Open Net report, hails the decision as a win for Canadians, and a key step toward protecting Net Neutrality.
Responding to the news, OpenMedia Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had this to say:
“We’re thrilled to see the CRTC taking bold steps toward ensuring Canadians get the Internet speeds they are promised. Unfortunately, Canadians have long paid some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for what is widely recognized as slow service. By signing up households across Canada to the program, the data collected can be used to shape broadband policy to ensure all Canadians get faster, more affordable Internet.
Breaking: CSE and Five Eyes revealed to be targeting popular mobile browsers and mobile App Stores - leaving millions at risk of having their private data hacked
May 21, 2015 – Canadian spy agency CSE and its Five Eyes partners planned to compromise popular mobile App Stores to implant spyware on smartphones, and targeted a popular mobile web browser used by millions globally. Accordingly to reports published this morning by CBC News and The Intercept, CSE deliberately sought security vulnerabilities, but failed to inform companies or the public – leaving the private data of millions at risk.
The reports come just a day after OpenMedia released a pro-privacy action plan, crowdsourced from over 125,000 Canadians, that sets out strict new rules that would ban these kind of mass surveillance activities, place spy agencies like CSE under much tighter oversight, and ensure Canadian spy agencies comply with international human rights principles when it comes to privacy.
Responding to this morning’s news, OpenMedia’s communications manager David Christopher had this to say:
“Let’s be clear about one thing: CSE claims they will safeguard Canada’s security, but instead they deliberately left millions of innocent people at risk of having their private data hacked. These reckless activities weaken the Internet security Canadians rely on to conduct business and communicate online. CSE claims they don’t target Canadians, but there is no way they could have excluded Canadians from spying activities. Remember, they targeted people all around the world, including anybody who interacted with compromised devices.”
Your news links for today:
- Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware - CBC News
- NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones - The Intercept
- A Chatty Squirrel: Privacy and Security Issues with UC Browser - Citizen Lab
- Secret Documents Reveal Canada's Spy Agencies Got Extremely Cozy With Each Other - VICE News
- C-51: Crowdsourced report aims to stop Canada's slide into 'surveillance society' - CBC News
- Google Fiber Sends Automated Piracy ‘Fines’ to Subscribers - TorrentFreak
- Internet Providers Said Net Neutrality Rules Would Ruin Everything. Let’s Check in on That. - Slate
- Mark Zuckerberg just dropped another $100M to protect his privacy - Boing Boing
Check out this great media coverage of our Privacy Plan, a crowdsourced plan to fix Canada's privacy deficit. Over 125,000 took part in this process and we're happy to know your views on privacy have been endorsed by Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien. You can read the complete plan here: https://PrivacyPlan.ca/
Article by Kady O'Malley for CBC News
Earlier today we held a Privacy Town Hall to launch Canada's Privacy Plan - our crowdsourced pro-privacy action plan that was shaped by over 125,000 everyday Canadians.
Check out what people had to say:We had great expert guests to cover all the bases - thanks to each and every one of them for taking part:Cindy Blackstock, Gitxsan activist for child welfare
Tom Henheffer, Executive Director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
Connie Fournier, Co-founder of the principled conservative forum Free Dominion
Brenda McPhail, Director of the Privacy, Technology and Surveillance Project at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association,
- Brett Gaylor Canadian documentary filmmaker and creator of Do Not Track
David Christopher, lead author of OpenMedia's "Canada’s Privacy Plan"
Our positive crowdsourced action plan to turn the Bill C-51 debate on its head and restore the privacy rights of every Canadian
Today’s the big day, folks: this morning, OpenMedia is launching our positive, pro-privacy action plan, packed with ideas from everyday Canadians about how to roll back Bill C-51, end mass surveillance, and restore the privacy rights of everyone who lives in Canada.
Check out Canada’s Privacy Plan right now at PrivacyPlan.ca or download the full 96-page report as a PDF right here. And join with leading experts today (Wed) at 11am PT / 2pm ET for a live Facebook discussion about the privacy challenges Canada faces.
We wrote this plan together, Canada: this 96-page report is packed with ideas and feedback from over 100,000 Canadians, including over 10,000 of you who used this crowdsourcing tool to provide detailed input on how you want to tackle our privacy deficit.
Your news links for today:
- Rogers, TELUS and Bell Lose Legal Challenge to CRTC Wireless Code - iPhone in Canada
- Cellphone carriers lose court challenge over CRTC new wireless code - Globe and Mail
- Carriers pushing bring-your-own-device with new promo plans - Mobile Syrup
- Canadian Piracy Rates Plummet as Industry Points to Effectiveness of Copyright Notice-and-Notice System - Michael Geist
- Voltage Pictures Sued For Copyright Infringement - TorrentFreak
- Top Telecom Analyst Urges ISPs to Cap and Meter Broadband Usage - DSL Reports
- AT&T CEO Confident Company Will Defeat Neutrality in Court - DSL Reports
- Internet.org Is Not Neutral, Not Secure, and Not the Internet - EFF
- Hundreds of Tech Companies to Congress: TPP and Fast Track Harms Digital Innovation and Users’ Rights - EFF
- Fast Track Amendments Are Too Little Too Late to Salvage the TPP Agreement - EFF
You may have already heard the news, but today, the Federal Court of Appeal rejected Big Telecom’s efforts to delay the implementation of the Wireless Code of Conduct, which mobile phone and Internet users across this country fought hard for and won nearly two years ago.
In its ruling, the court stated that the CRTC “...has the right to make the Wireless Code applicable to contracts concluded before the Code came into effect.”
At the heart of the court case was the issue of timing, and whether the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) had the power to grant the new customer protections brought on by the code before pre-existing three year contracts expired.
As government prepares to ram C-51 through Senate, OpenMedia launches crowdsourced Privacy Action Plan to address Canada’s stark privacy deficit
May 20, 2015 – OpenMedia is today launching a crowdsourced pro-privacy action plan, that aims to roll back out-of-control surveillance, and tackle Canada’s growing privacy deficit. Canada’s Privacy Plan is shaped by ideas and feedback from over 125,000 Canadians, and is launched as the government prepares to ram its unpopular privacy-undermining Bill C-51 through the Senate.
The crowdsourcing process that underpins the 96-page report identified three key privacy concerns that Canadians want to see addressed: i) warrantless access to personal information, ii) widespread dragnet surveillance of entire populations, and iii) insufficient oversight and accountability of surveillance activities. 94.1% of Canadians want a Parliamentary Committee to conduct a thorough review of existing oversight mechanisms.
“We wrote this report because privacy matters,” said OpenMedia’s David Christopher, the report’s lead author. “Canada’s growing privacy deficit has alarming consequences for democracy. We’re at a tipping point where we need to decide whether to continue evolving into a surveillance society, or whether to rein in the government’s spying apparatus. This report outlines common sense steps to strengthen privacy safeguards for all of us.”
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