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Canadian Press: Even Members of Parliament are getting treated with contempt by spy agency CSE

“If pressed, say nothing” - that was spy agency CSE’s attitude to a key Parliamentary committee that sought to hold them accountable. Do you think taxpayers should need to rely on whistleblowers to find out the truth about mass surveillance?  Endorse our positive pro-accountability plan at PrivacyPlan.ca

Article by Canadian Press

Canada's electronic spy agency says leaks by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden have "diminished the advantage" it enjoyed over terrorists and other targets, both in the short term and — of more concern — well into the future. ...
 
Documents Snowden handed to the media revealed the U.S. National Security Agency — the CSE's American counterpart — had quietly obtained access to a huge volume of emails, chat logs and other information from major Internet companies, as well as massive amounts of data about telephone calls.
 
The documents also suggest Canada helped the United States and Britain spy on participants at a London G20 summit and that the CSE devised a sophisticated spy operation against Brazil's ministry of mines and energy.

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Topics: Online Spying

CBC News: Are wireless prices set to rise further, following Rogers' gobbling-up of Mobilicity?

 
Canadians are worried they'll be stuck with ridiculously-priced cell phone plans, following Rogers' acquisition of indie provider Mobilicity earlier this week.
 
Don't forget to speak out and tell James Moore to rein in Big Telecom gatekeepers.
 
Article by Sophia Harris for CBC News
 
​Rogers has gobbled up troubled small carrier Mobilicity and the federal government is declaring it a victory for consumers.
 
Almost two years ago, Ottawa launched a glitzy $9-million ad campaign to let Canadians know it was fighting for their right to cheaper cellphone prices and more choice.
 
But with rising prices for some plans and now one fewer competitor in the market, critics argue the government is actually losing the battle.
 
"Canadians may be scratching their heads over why the government just approved a deal that will ultimately mean less choice and higher prices for Canadian cellphone subscribers, despite promises to the contrary," Josh Tabish of telecom critic Open Media said in a statement.

Macleans: How Bill C-51 is clearly shaping the election

A new government could amend or repeal it before the end of this year. Let's keep building opposition to C-51 until October and then let's get it repealed: KillC51.ca

Article by Aaron Wherry for Macleans

C-51, the government’s anti-terrorism act, was given royal assent one week ago. Many provisions of the bill are now in force. But even with the Governor General’s signature, C-51 is still something of an open question—an unsettled matter of policy and politics.

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Topics: Online Spying

TechDirt: The Copyright term extension is now law

The internet we love is based on creators being able to freely, cheaply, and easily share their work. But the government’s decision to extend the term of copyright for sound recordings was strictly the product of behind-the-scenes industry lobbying with no broader public consultation or discussion. 

Article by Techdirt

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Topics: Copyright

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