Video: U.S spying on the U.K. - What does it mean for Canada?

Thank you for continuing to speak up, Canada! It's because of you that the media continues to report on the need for parliamentary oversight of ultra-secretive spy agency CSEC. We need accountability and transparency when it comes to their reckless collection of the private, sensitive information of law-abiding Canadians.

Here's our own Steve Anderson responding to new revelations that the U.S. NSA has been spying on the private, sensitive information of innocent U.K. citizens - and what it could mean for Canada.

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Privacy Commissioner releases statement about the government's new online spying bill

Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian speaks out in support of our privacy rights, after the government's new online spying bill threatens to diminish the rights of law-abiding Canadians.

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From the Privacy Commissioner's Office:

We can all agree that cyberbullying is an issue that needs immediate attention but it is very troubling to see the government once again trying to enact new surveillance powers under the guise of protecting children. Regrettably, the federal government is using this pressing social issue as an opportunity to resurrect much of its former surveillance legislation, Bill C-30. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

Guest blog by Barry Shell - How Big Telecom makes trouble when switching Internet providers in Canada

Here's a guest blog by community member Barry Shell, who is writing to: "show everyone how Shaw and the other major Canadian Internet providers deliberately invent unnecessary obstacles to try to stop Canadians from getting lower-cost service from independent providers."

Imagine having to pay nearly $200 whenever you want to buy gas from a different service station? Sadly, this is currently the situation when it comes to switching Internet providers in Canada.

Last month I decided to switch our home Internet service from Shaw Cable, the only cable Internet provider in BC—a monopoly—to Teksavvy, a small independent Internet Service Provider (ISP). My reason was simple - the same 25 Mbps service costs $60 at Shaw and $40 with Teksavvy. Read more »

Online Spying is back - here’s what Canadians are saying

What on earth is the connection between the serious issue of cyberbullying and the theft of cable TV and WiFi? What about the connection between cyberbullying and enabling government bureaucrats to spy on your everyday online activities?

That’s a question that many concerned Canadians have been asking since yesterday’s announcement of Bill C-13, the “Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act.”

At OpenMedia, we’ve seen this story play out before, albeit with a slightly different script.

Last year, the government introduced online spying legislation called Bill C-30 that would have forced Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to hand over subscriber information to law enforcement without a warrant. Fortunately, Canadians saw right through the government’s misleading attempts to describe Bill C-30 as being supposedly aimed at Internet predators - when it actually contained “a wide range of measures that increased police powers, stripped away privacy rights, and increased Internet surveillance.” Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

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