Mobilesyrup: OpenMedia’s Access My Info tool requests the data your ISP has shared with the government

Are your Internet or cell phone services provided by the Big Three? Are you concerned about what private information they store about you? Then you should give our Access My Info tool a try at:

Article by Daniel Barder for Mobilesyrup

It recently came to light that in 2011 alone, the Canadian government issued requests from various internet service providers for data on more than 785,000 citizens. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request, this data is legally obtainable for individuals, but the process has heretofore been onerous. Read more »

Wired: Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones

Our friends at Citizen Lab have succeeded in reverse engineering spyware that is infecting people's cellphones in democracies and dictatorships alike.

Article by Kim Zetter for Wired

Newly uncovered components of a digital surveillance tool used by more than 60 governments worldwide provide a rare glimpse at the extensive ways law enforcement and intelligence agencies use the tool to surreptitiously record and steal data from mobile phones. Read more »

Toronto Star: The government creeped on this First Nations advocate

Should the government be able to monitor and collect your facebook posts and those of your friends and family? Should they use this information to monitor which events you attend? Should we be spending our tax dollars paying bureaucrats to monitor law abiding Canadians?

Article by Cindy Blackstock for the Toronto Star

Earlier this month Canadians joined with the international community to honour the sacrifice made by Second World War veterans to preserve our freedom. At the same time, headlines in Canadian newspapers warned of government surveillance of citizens engaged in peaceful protests. It made me wonder — why would we allow our own government to trample on the freedoms that many Canadians died protecting? Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

Motherboard: Canadians Don't Trust the Harper Government's New Cyberbullying Bill

This government has lost the trust of Canadians on protecting our private information. Let's put tackling our privacy deficit squarely on the national agenda: go to

Article by Ben Makuch for Motherboard

Canadians were largely unmoved by the Edward Snowden leaks and the disclosure of mass surveillance programs like PRISM, with few showing any serious worries about domestic government surveillance in a poll by Abacus Data in June 2013. But now a new poll by Forum Research suggests Canadians are growing suspicious of the latest Conservative cyberbullying bill C-13, with most rejecting a piece of legislation many think is more about beefing up government surveillance powers than protecting teens from bullies. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

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