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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

Why we had to create a users guide for the CRTC’s flawed online consultation

The CRTC, the body that makes the rules for the media and telecom industry, is asking Canadians about the future of digital services in Canada. As part of their ‘TalkTV’ initiative, they’ve launched an interactive questionnaire called ‘Choicebook’ about government rules that have the potential to either help fix our dysfunctional telecom market or give big conglomerates who dominate almost 90% of the market even more power to raise prices and control services.

We should all welcome the fact that the CRTC, a previously closed-off institution, is actively consulting the public. It is rare for a public institution to go to such lengths to collect citizen input and this is something to be encouraged. It is in this spirit that we feel the need to intervene and make decision-makers at the CRTC aware that their Choicebook initiative has some critical flaws. Read more »

Why is Bell Blocking Canadians from Watching the Daily Show Online?

I felt this popup and question was invasive and unnecessary but I tried answering the truth - “I do not have a TV service provider” - and I also tried selecting several other options.

Each time I received the following popup message and continued to be blocked from watching the Daily Show.

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Canadian spy watchdogs are lobbyists - and that is a problem

Many are expressing outrage now that the public has become aware that Chuck Strahl is acting as a lobbyist for Enbridge, the company hoping to build a controversial oil pipeline across B.C. The problem is that Strahl is also chairman of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), which is basically the only watchdog over the domestic spies at CSIS.

Regardless of your position on oil pipelines, surely all of us can agree that publicly funded government watchdogs should not be employed by those connected to the agencies they are overseeing. In this case there’s a clear conflict of interest since CSIS has been asked to aid the oil industry in monitoring environmentalists. Read more »


Will Harper and James Moore keep their promise to lower cell phone prices?

It’s no wonder that so many Canadians are speaking out about the state of our broken wireless market. We pay some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for often terrible cell phone service.

Thankfully it looks like decision-makers are finally starting to take notice. Stephen Harper highlighted the issue when setting out his government’s agenda last October and he promised Canadians lower prices and improved choice outside the Big Three providers (Bell, Rogers, and Telus) at a Conservative convention. Read more »


See what Industry Minister Moore has to say about your sky-high cell phone bills

Last fall, a group of over 35 leading innovators and entrepreneurs joined OpenMedia.ca in sending a letter to Industry Minister James Moore. The letter decried that we pay some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for mobile services and emphasized the need for affordable independent cell phone options for Canadians.

Our letter also called for several actions to be taken to fix our broken cell phone market. Minister Moore has now replied. Moore has made a firm commitment that he “will not approve any spectrum transfer request that decreases competition in our wireless sector”: Read more »

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