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CBC: Broadband access on First Nations and other northern communities is set to improve over the next several years.

First Nations and northern communities have long struggled with Big Telecom's slow Internet speeds and terrible service. So it's great to see these communities taking things into their own hands to ensure residents have quality, independent Internet access. Our friends at FirstMile.ca are a shining example of how community-driven access is the way forward.

Article by Arik Ligeti for CBC Read more »

The Albatross: how Canadian spies at CSEC are told to talk about their jobs

Are CSEC and other government agencies unconstitutionally accessing your data? According to spy chief John Forster, you don't need to know.

Article by Ishmael N. Daro & Tannara Yelland for The Albatross

Employees of Canada’s electronic spying agency are told to only speak about their work in vague terms when asked by outsiders, including friends and family, and to keep that information limited to those “who truly have a need to know,” according to documents released to the Albatross under the Access to Information Act. Read more »

Georgia Straight: Canadian Internet providers receive need to be more transparent in how they protect our privacy

Canada's large Internet providers received a failing grade when it comes to being transparent about how they protect Canadians' privacy, according to an expert report by Privacy Coalition members Prof. Andrew Clement and Dr. Jonathan Obar. Telecoms handed our private info to government agencies over 18,000 times last year without a warrant. Speak out for privacy at OurPrivacy.ca

Article by Travis Lupick for the Georgia Straight

Canadian Internet Service providers (ISPs) have scored abysmally in a new study conducted by privacy experts at the University of Toronto.

The analysis looks at how companies perform in 10 areas of privacy criteria. The average score was 1.5 out of 10, said Andrew Clement, a professor with the university’s faculty of information, who led the study alongside Johnathon Obar.

Titled Keeping Internet Users in the Know or in the Dark, it examines 20 companies, including AT&T, Bell, Rogers, Shaw, and Telus, as well as smaller ISPs such as Primus and Videotron. It was released this morning (March 27).

- Read more at the Georgia Straight

Huffington Post: Canada's Telecoms Have Built Databases For Police Spying

Earlier this week we learned that Canadian telecoms handed private information on over 18,000 Canadians to a government agency without a warrant. Now privacy expert Michael Geist has revealed that telecoms appear to have built databases of subscriber data to help police spy on you without oversight. Help us fight these privacy invasions at http://OurPrivacy.ca

Article by Michael Geist for Huffington Post

Canada’s telecoms appear to be building databases of subscriber information that law enforcement agencies can access without a warrant, according to documents released under access to information laws.

The news comes as Parliament once again gears up to debate the merits of giving police greater access to telecom subscriber data.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) accessed telecom subscriber data 18,849 times in a one-year period, from April 2012 to March 2013, according to documents provided to NDP MP Charmaine Borg.

- Read more at: The Huffington Post

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