Posted by Noushin Khushrushahi on Friday, February 14, 2014 - 01:52
It’s the same old song and dance - and frankly, we at OpenMedia.ca are tired of it.
Jean-Pierre Plouffe, CSEC’s supposed watchdog, concluded his investigation of the ultra-secretive spy agency’s recent invasive collection of Canadian metadata at public Wi-Fi terminals in a major Canadian airport with a statement that unsurprisingly parrots CSEC’s own spy doublespeak:
CSEC activity does not involve ‘mass surveillance’ or tracking of Canadians or persons in Canada; no CSEC activity was directed at Canadians or persons in Canada.
Yes, Canada. You read that right. There’s no need to worry.
Take comfort in the fact Mr. Plouffe’s office has declared that nothing is amiss when it comes to CSEC collecting our private, sensitive information without transparency, accountability, and apparently, without much knowledge even from our own government representatives; that legal experts have referred to CSEC’s oversight as “so woefully inadequate that it’s the worst out of the so-called advanced democracies”, and in the fact that Mr. Plouffe considers his office to have the ability to conduct effective reviews of CSEC’s dubious activities despite the fact that a lone CSEC commissioner with a few staff and a tiny budget is meant to keep track of a $460 million agency built on secrecy. Let’s not forget that this Commissioner“gets to review redacted reports of CSEC activities, sometimes years after the fact”.Read more »
A Calgary woman was caught up in a credit nightmare after trying to clear a money mess created by an unpaid cell phone bill for an account she says she never opened.
Ning Li has spent hours on the phone trying to prove she's the victim of identity fraud.
Li called her bank to increase the limit on her credit card and was surprised to find out that she was on the hook for a $600 cell phone bill. Read more »
Posted by Noushin Khushrushahi on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 22:44
Check out this great article by Chris Malmo about the growing debate around mass, unaccountable, and suspicionless spying - and why we need more information about what's going on at ultra-secretive spy agency CSEC.
Article by Christopher Malmo to Vice Canada:
There was an alarming lack of sustained outrage when it was revealed that CSEC, Canada’s NSA, was testing out a spying program on thousands of innocent Canadian air travellers. In response to this revelation, the Harper government insisted it’s legal to collect metadata on law-abiding citizens, in part because metadata isn’t actually very revealing. Why collect it then? Because it’s very useful at giving CSEC total information awareness to catch the terrori--okay, metadata is very revealing. Oops! But don’t worry, because everything is within the law. Read more »
Over 300 organizations are taking part in this global campaign to tell governments we will no longer tolerate unaccountable dragnet surveillance that scoops up all of our private, sensitive information without a warrant and without transparency. Today is the day when it all comes together in a global Day We Fight Back campaign. Read more »
Posted by David Christopher on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 15:00
New documents have revealed that government spy agency CSEC is collecting hugely sensitive information and monitoring the movements of thousands of law-abiding Canadians. The government won’t provide the details but this spying activity could include you.
They’ve spied on innocent air travellers at Canadian airports.1 They’ve spied on important friends and allies2. They’ve even helped U.S. spies run a massive surveillance operation on Canadian soil.3Read more »
Posted by Noushin Khushrushahi on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:00
It's February 11th, Canada. That means the time has come to fight back against mass, unaccountable spying.
Send a letter to your MP now to call for an end to these undemocratic practices that violate our fundamental right to privacy at http://TheDayWeFightBack.ca.
The time has come to make your voice heard, and together, let's make our voices heard. Send your MPs letters now so that they know how important it is for them to take a stand against this dragnet surveillance.
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