Huffington Post: Canada's Telecoms Have Built Databases For Police Spying

Earlier this week we learned that Canadian telecoms handed private information on over 18,000 Canadians to a government agency without a warrant. Now privacy expert Michael Geist has revealed that telecoms appear to have built databases of subscriber data to help police spy on you without oversight. Help us fight these privacy invasions at

Article by Michael Geist for Huffington Post

Canada’s telecoms appear to be building databases of subscriber information that law enforcement agencies can access without a warrant, according to documents released under access to information laws.

The news comes as Parliament once again gears up to debate the merits of giving police greater access to telecom subscriber data.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) accessed telecom subscriber data 18,849 times in a one-year period, from April 2012 to March 2013, according to documents provided to NDP MP Charmaine Borg.

- Read more at: The Huffington Post

Report: Keeping Internet Users in the Know or in the Dark?

A new report by leading privacy experts has revealed that Canadian Internet providers need to be much more transparent about how they protect their customers’ private information.

The report found that while all providers had room for improvement, smaller independent providers tend to be more transparent overall than their larger counterparts. Smaller providers also got credit for being more transparent about their user privacy protection and for more visibly keeping domestic Canadian Internet traffic within Canada. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

Toronto Star: Check out what this leading privacy expert has to say on MacKay's Online Spying Bill

The government's online spying legislation will encourage Internet providers to hand over your private information to authorities without any oversight. That's according to this must-read piece in today's Toronto Star from our Privacy Coalition partners at the @Canadian Constitution Foundation.

Learn more about how our Coalition is working to protect our privacy at:

Article by Derek James From for The Star

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. Perhaps that’s the federal government’s motto regarding Bill C-13 — the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. It represents yet another attempt by this government to pass legislation that will open the door to undue state intrusion. Read more »

The $5.27 billion Digital Endowment fund our government can invest in connecting Canadian communities

On April 2nd, our government will come into a Digital Endowment of $5.27 billion. We need to ensure this money is put towards connecting all Canadians to high-speed Internet, innovative community-based network initiatives, and improving Canada’s digital economy.

At this point, you might be wondering what a “Digital Endowment” is, why you’ve never heard of it, and where the money came from – so let’s run through it!

Basically, the Digital Endowment is the money our government has earned on the sale of our public spectrum assets – in this case, over $5 billion. In short, spectrum is the range of public airwaves that make your mobile devices work. It’s a public resource, kind of like water, and every few years the government sells licenses to Big Telecom conglomerates to use different sets of airwaves in different regions. These telecom companies then sell you a mobile phone and cell service, so you can connect with your friends and family. Read more »

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