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Privacy Commissioner's Annual Report Slams Lawful Access

Dr. Ann Cavoukian's annual report declares that privacy activists must be "ever vigilant" in staying on top of legislation that threatens privacy. Cavoukian asserts that online spying legislation is creating a system of "Surveillance by design", and represents “one of the most invasive threats to our privacy and freedom that I have ever encountered in my 25 years”. Take a stand against online spying.

From ITbusiness.ca

A record number of complaints and freedom of information requests were made to the office of Ontario's privacy commissioner last year, according to the commissioner's annual report released today.

The 277 privacy complaints closed in 2011 set a new record, commissioner Ann Cavoukian said in her report. And a total of 45,159 freedom of information requests were made in the province in 2011, up 16 per cent from 2010 and another new record. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

We prepare to reveal which MPs stand with Canadians

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is still not backing down when it comes to his warrantless online spying scheme. While Canadians call on our MPs to stand against the invasive and costly legislation, Bill C-30, Toews has been toiling away to try to scare us into believing the bill is necessary. He's gone so far, as one commenter put it, to use "tragedy as a tool for his draconian legislation."

Luckily Canadians are too well-informed to fall for Toews' PR—especially thanks to the past and recent national news coverage that your outcry has gotten for the campaign. We know that this legislation doesn't target criminals; it instead creates a giant, insecure, and expensive data registry that records the private information of any Canadian, at any time, without a warrant. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

Globe and Mail: Competition Breaks Up Big Telecom Monopoly in Canada’s North

People in rural areas in Canada sometimes face some of the worst telecom service in the world. But as this article illustrates we’re beginning to break the stranglehold of big telecom in these areas too. The CRTC decided in December to open up Canada’s North to telecom competition, meaning that NorthwesTel is no longer the only option for the majority of rural residents. As new companies enter the market, this competition will encourage improved access, including 3G and 4G data services, expanded wireless coverage, and lower prices.

Everyone deserves to have open and affordable access to the Internet. Thanks to all of you in the pro-Internet community for helping make this a reality. Join the fight to stop the squeeze »

By Rita Trichur for Globe and Mail:

Iristel Inc., one of this country’s largest voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service providers, is gearing up for some northern exposure. Read more »

Topics: Cell Phones

Standing against online spying: Weekly Update from OpenMedia.ca

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Here's Lindsey with your update:

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Topics: Online Spying

Online spying bill C-30: Expert confirms innocent Canadians likely to be caught up in digital dragnet

Our intrepid academic friend Christopher Parsons isn’t one to sit idly by while the future of the online spying bill remains unclear. After the Globe and Mail reported that this bill, C-30, was dead, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews made a spectacle of himself by arrogantly announcing that warrantless online spying is still on the government’s agenda. Following this announcement, we at OpenMedia.ca renewed our StopSpying.ca campaign with the launch of a viral video at http://openmedia.ca/stand, which Canadians have been watching and sharing like crazy in order to ensure that politicians know we’re united against this costly and invasive scheme. One week later—the video has 15,000+ views and counting.

While all this was happening, cybersecurity expert Parsons was spending his time pouring through articles and access-to-information requests that could provide insight into the future of electronic surveillance in Canada. His findings are, to say the very least, significant. You can learn about them in detail on his blog here, or check out our summary... Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

Geist: Copyright bill "What ifs?"

As the final House of Commons vote on controversial copyright bill C-11 approaches, law professor Michael Geist asks some questions to highlight what the new law could have been if government had been more committed to a strong, citizen-centric digital future.

We take issue with the title of Geist's piece though— End of Copyright Debate Sparks Many 'What Ifs?'—: We're still far from the end of the copyright debate—Canadian voices can still be heard, and it's all the more important that they are. We need to ensure the government knows we're paying attention, and that we'll be thinking of digital issues like this when it next comes time to cast our votes. What's more, with restrictive trade agreements like ACTA and the TPP on the table, we need to keep up the charge and ensure that the worst of the Internet lockdown—including website blocking and individuals' Internet termination—stay off the agenda in Canada.

Article by Michael Geist for The Tyee:

The decade-long Canadian copyright reform debate is nearing a conclusion as the government is slated to hold the third and final reading for Bill C-11 this week. With a majority in both the House of Commons and Senate, the Conservatives are likely to pass the bill before Parliament takes a break for the summer. Read more »

Topics: Copyright

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