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CCPA Monitor: What will it take to address Canada's privacy deficit?

This piece by our Steve Anderson & David Christopher was originally published in the CCPA monitor.

Six months ago, we argued that Canadians face a stark privacy deficit. A perfect storm of spy agency surveillance, privacy-undermining legislation, and lax privacy safeguards at government departments sparked concern from citizens right across the political spectrum.

Since then, sadly, the situation has further deteriorated. The government's surveillance bill C-13 became law. The Supreme Court ruled that police don't require a warrant to search the cell phones of people they arrest. The private tax information of hundreds of Canadians was leaked to the CBC. And the government is building a powerful new system to collect and analyze what Canadians are saying on Facebook.

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Topics: Online Spying

CCPA Monitor: The CRTC and the future of high-speed Internet access

This piece originally appeared in the December 2014 edition of the CCPA Monitor

Last December, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) began a year-long public consultation on the future of Canada’s Internet services. At the core of the consultation, known formally as CRTC 2013-551 Review of Wholesale Services and Associated Policies, policy-makers have been reviewing how Canadians are served by the current structure of our telecommunications system, and the policies that govern it.

The consultation will determine whether and how Canadians are able to access affordable, independent, and reliable Internet services that support their everyday well-being. Given the public interest mandate of the CRTC, it is important that these services enable everyday Internet users across the country to maximize their innovative and productive potential, and exercise their democratic rights in a free and open society.

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Topics: Affordability

This is getting ridiculous

This is getting ridiculous.

  • First, government spy agency CSEC assured us they didn't spy on Canadians.1
  • Then, they finally admitted to ‘incidentally’ collecting our private data.2
  • Now, it's finally been officially revealed that CSEC retained the private communications of Canadians, which were intercepted without a warrant.3 But they still aren’t coming clean about how many innocent Canadians they spied on in the first place, or making any commitment to stopping the practice.

We’ve had enough - today we’re launching a hard-hitting video to expose just how CSEC could be monitoring you, your family, and innocent Canadians everywhere. Click here to watch the video - then share it right now with everyone you know. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

BREAKING: I’m taking your voice to the White House

We just got some huge news. The White House has invited me to a meeting with key Obama administration officials after feeling the heat from all of you speaking out against the Internet slow lane.

Truthfully, we hadn’t expected or budgeted for this happening, and now we need to book a last-minute flight to Washington, D.C.

Your support, hard work, and dedication has taken our movement this far—now we need you to chip in what you can right now so I can take this amazing opportunity to go to the White House on your behalf. Read more »

Topics: Action Plan

How Canadians can join the day of action to Stop The Internet Slowdown

As you may have heard, Big Telecom conglomerates want to slow down your Internet and make online services more expensive. But so far, "Net Neutrality" rules in several countries have banned their interference.The U.S., Canada, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, and the Netherlands are among those countries that have passed rules to prevent telecom giants from selectively slowing down web services or making them more expensive.

However, despite gains in some countries, decision-makers in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and the European Union are considering changing their rules, and the outcome of this discussion could either secure the open Internet, or hand immense power over to Telecom conglomerates. Under pressure from lobbyists, leaders from around the world are looking at implementing plans that would allow Big Telecom to charge extra prioritization fees for websites that can afford it, and push those that can’t into a slow lane. Read more »

Topics: Affordability

The TPP Internet Censorship Circus is in town and it’s more secretive than ever

The bureaucrats and industry lobbyists negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership have gone to great lengths to keep their plans a secret before, but this takes the cake. After scheduling the next round of bargaining for Vancouver, negotiators quietly made a last minute switch to Ottawa with only a week to go before the round began.

The TPP is an international agreement involving Canada and 11 other countries, involving 40% of the global economy, that threatens to censor free expression online amongst other concerns spanning environmental protections, jobs, public health, and even our democratic rights.

Throughout this week in Ottawa, negotiators worked to ink a binding international agreement behind closed doors, which experts say could block web content, invade your privacy, and make your Internet more expensive. Read more »


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