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900 Social Insurance Numbers stolen due to Heartbleed, breaches of private citizen data affecting over 725,000 of us; OpenMedia.ca available to comment

Canadians deserve answers from the government about what it’s doing to keep our private data secure, says community-based group working to protect the privacy of all Canadians

The Canada Revenue Agency has revealed that the Heartbleed bug has made over 900 Social Insurance Numbers in CRA databases vulnerable to cyber criminals, including those who wish to engage in identity theft.

Heartbleed is a bug in software called OpenSSL that is used to secure data for popular web services that Canadians use everyday. The bug means that cyber criminals could have access to our passwords and other sensitive information. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

Digital Privacy Act does almost nothing to tackle central privacy concern for Canadians: reckless and expensive government surveillance

Incoherent for government to advance protections on commercial privacy, while at same time advancing Bill C-13 which would throw door open to widespread government surveillance of law-abiding Canadians

April 7, 2014 – This morning Industry Minister Moore tabled a new Digital Privacy Act in the Senate. The proposed legislation focuses on commercial privacy issues and will update the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

According to OpenMedia.ca, this legislation, while welcome, does almost nothing to tackle the serious problem of ongoing government surveillance against law-abiding Canadians. OpenMedia.ca is leading a sustained, nationwide coalition against government attempts to spy on Canadians. The community-based group says it’s incoherent for the government to advance commercial privacy protections, while also stripping away Canadians’ privacy with its Online Spying Bill C-13. While Minister Moore appears to understand the importance of privacy, the government overall doesn't appear to be on the same page.

Topics: Online Spying

Government’s digital strategy leaves Canada stuck in the slow lane - fails to tackle stark digital divide and national digital deficit

Canadians deserve so much more than just warmed-up leftovers from previous government announcements: new strategy means Canada will likely fall even further behind its global counterparts on Internet affordability, access, and speed

April 4, 2014 – The government’s long-awaited new digital strategy announced this morning will disappoint Canadians who had been hoping for bold moves to tackle our national digital deficit and stark digital divide. That’s according to community-based OpenMedia.ca, which has spent years campaigning for all Canadians to have affordable, world class Internet access.

Many of the measures announced by Industry Minister James Moore today, while positive, amount to little more than a repackaging of previous government announcements and existing government programmes: Read more »


Expert report reveals Internet providers should be more transparent about how they handle our private information

Report lifts the curtain on how Internet providers protect privacy, giving Canadians an at-a-glance tool to rate their provider’s transparency compared with others

March 27, 2014 – A new report by leading privacy experts has revealed that Canadian Internet providers need to be much more transparent about how they protect their customers’ private information.

The report found that while all providers had room for improvement, smaller independent providers tend to be more transparent overall than their larger counterparts. Smaller providers also got credit for being more transparent about their user privacy protection and for more visibly keeping domestic Canadian Internet traffic within Canada. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

With Canada plummeting in Internet world rankings, Canadians tell Minister Moore not to squander our $5.2bn Digital Endowment

Government should invest digital windfall from sale of public spectrum assets into tackling Canada’s national digital deficit and growing digital divide

March 26, 2014 – Canada has a unique opportunity to tackle its growing digital divide - but the government must take action to ensure this chance isn’t squandered. That’s according to community-based OpenMedia.ca, which is launching a new campaign urging the government to invest funds from its recent sale of public spectrum assets into ensuring all Canadians have independent access to high-speed, world-class Internet.

The campaign is being launched just seven days before the government receives over $5.2 billion in proceeds from its recent auction of public wireless spectrum assets. This Digital Endowment, if invested back into our networks, could provide a unique opportunity for Canada to finally catch up with its global counterparts when it comes to accessible, affordable, high-speed Internet. Read more »


Parliament resumes debate on Online Spying Bill that provides immunity for telecom companies who are helping authorities spy on Canadians without a warrant

Government trying to smuggle through unpopular online spying measures that would grant immunity to telecom providers that hand over private information without a warrant

March 26, 2014 Legislation being debated by Parliament today would enable a range of government authorities access to the private lives of millions of law-abiding Canadians. It would also grant immunity to telecom providers who hand over their customers’ private information to authorities without a warrant. That’s according to legal experts consulted by OpenMedia.ca, which is leading a nationwide campaign against the proposed legislation.

Over 65 pages of Bill C-13 were lifted from the government’s failed Online Spying Bill C-30 which was introduced by Vic Toews and withdrawn amidst public uproar after over 150,000 Canadians spoke out against it. The bill also problematically includes proposals to tackle the important issue of cyberbullying. The Official Opposition has joined OpenMedia.ca in calling for Bill C-13 to be split, so that important measures tackling cyberbullying can be dealt with separately. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

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