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Globe and Mail: CSEC dodges questions on relationship with Big Three telecom companies

Recently, we discovered that Big Telecom firms released Canadians' sensitive personal information to one government agency over 18,000 times in the past year. Now, the head of Canada's spy agency CSEC is refusing to tell a parliamentary committee how much access it has to Bell, Telus, and Rogers customer data. Think Canadians deserve to know how government agencies are using our private data? Speak up at http://OurPrivacy.ca

Article by Colin Freeze for The Globe and Mail

The head of Canada’s electronic-eavesdropping agency says he “can’t really disclose” what kinds of access it could have to data flowing through Bell, Rogers and Telus. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

Epoch Times: New privacy legislation fails to tackle Canadians’ central privacy concern: reckless & expensive govt surveillance

New privacy legislation does nothing to protect Canadians from out-of-control government spying. That's according to our own Steve Anderson, writing in today's edition of the @Epoch Times. Please SHARE this piece and speak out for real privacy protections at http://OurPrivacy.ca

This week, Industry Minister James Moore quietly tabled a new Digital Privacy Act in the Senate. The proposed legislation should safeguard Canadians’ privacy online but sadly does not. The proposal is likely to reinforce the feeling that the Conservatives are just bad on privacy issues despite privacy’s increasing importance to daily life and our digital economy.

While the proposal does include some positive measures concerning commercial privacy, it will do almost nothing to tackle the privacy concern foremost in most Canadians’ minds: the dragnet government surveillance of law-abiding citizens and widespread government breaches of our sensitive information. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

Vice: How much did American-made spying technology cost Canadian taxpayers?

Recently, Canadian spy agency CSEC was caught red-handed spying on thousands of innocent Canadian air travellers. Now, questions are being asked about just how many taxpayer dollars were paid to U.S. firms to purchase the technology to enable CSEC's spying. Are you worried about how much taxpayer money is being squandered on illegal spying? Speak out by using our quick tool to get a letter in your local newspaper: https://OpenMedia.ca/Letter

Article by Patrick McGuire and George Arthur for Vice

When Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher worked with the CBC earlier this year to report that CSEC was using free airport WiFi to spy on Canadian travelers (in at least one documented incident), the mainstream media’s interpretation of this news was quietly refuted on an obscure, fascinating blog called Electrospaces, which approaches telecommunications and surveillance from a much more insider-y and technical perspective. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

Michael Geist: Canada's digital strategy not keeping up with international standards

Compared to other industrialized nations, Canada's Digital strategy lags far behind on increasing access, speed, and affordability. We can do better. Check out this Michael Geist piece comparing Canada's recent Digital 150 document to the digital strategies of Australia and the U.K.

Article by Michael Geist

In my first post on Digital Canada 150, Canada's digital strategy, I argued that it provided a summation of past accomplishments and some guidance on future policies, but that it was curiously lacking in actual strategies and goals. Yesterday I reviewed how Canada's universal broadband access target lags behind much of the OECD (Peter Nowak characterizes the target as the Jar Jar Binks of the strategy). The problems with Digital Canada 150 extend far beyond connectivity, however. Read more »


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