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The Globe and Mail: Organizations respond to calls for increased surveillance

In response to an article in The Globe and Mail this week discussing the need for increased surveillance, a group of organizations focused on privacy and have responded with a letter, published today.

Capacity to intrude

Re: Pointing fingers won’t prevent intelligence failures, by Christian Leuprecht, November 25, 2015. The Globe and Mail.

The horrific attacks in Paris have led to a wave of finger-pointing – often powerfully disassociated from the realities of the failures (Pointing Fingers Won’t Prevent Intelligence Failures – Nov 25). The answer from security agencies is inevitably to request more surveillance and more capacity to intrude into citizens’ lives.

These requests are made despite the historically unprecedented access to digital information that security agencies already enjoy and repeated expansions of security powers. Clearly “more security” is not the answer to preventing all future attacks.

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ICLMG: Mr. Paulson: "We have enough power to fight cybercrime"

Our friends at the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group - CSILC​ responded to the RCMP statements about requirements of warrantless Internet subscriber information:
Article by Monia Mazigh for ICLMG

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Topics: Online Spying

RCMP pushing for warrantless access to our subscriber info. Again.

In an incredibly troubling development on the Internet privacy front, this morning the RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson was quoted as saying that police require access to Internet subscriber information – without a warrant – in order to keep Canadians safe.

This approach to intelligence-gathering would directly violate last year’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling (R. v Spencer), which explicitly requires authorities to obtain a warrant before Internet Service Providers are required to make subscriber data available.

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Topics: Online Spying

Death of Hyperlink: The Aftermath

Must read: The free flow of information that journalist Hossein Derakhshan spent years in an Iranian jail for is dying. vHelp us ‪#‎SaveTheLink‬:

Article by Hossein Drakhshan

Last November, I walked out of an Iranian jail after six years. The most shocking news I learned after that? It was not President Barack Obama’s acknowledgment of Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology, nor the death of NDP Leader Jack Layton, nor the abrupt disappearance of the Canadian embassy in Tehran. It was the death of the Web as I knew it.

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