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A groundswell of Canadians speak out against government revival of Vic Toews-inspired online spying legislation

As parliamentarians return to their ridings for the winter holidays, citizens and groups from across the political spectrum are raising concerns about how Peter MacKay’s online spying Bill C-13 would undermine Canadians’ privacy

December 11, 2013 – Groups from across the political spectrum are speaking out to warn Canadians about how the government’s Online Spying Bill C-13 would give a range of authorities access to the private lives of almost any Canadian, even if they are not suspected of any wrong doing.

Bill C-13 was recently introduced by Justice Minister Peter MacKay, who claimed that it related to cyberbullying. However just a few pages of the bill cover that topic, while 65 pages were lifted from former Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ failed online spying Bill C-30, which was withdrawn after over 150,000 Canadians spoke out against it. OpenMedia.ca led the successful nationwide campaign that defeated Bill C-30. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

New revelations show Canadian government spying on its trading partners at behest of United States

Citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca says the revelations show that spy agency CSEC is reckless, out-of-control, and not accountable to Canadians

December 9, 2013 – The CBC has tonight revealed that government spy agency CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada) has been spying on “approximately 20” of Canada’s trading partners at the behest of the U.S. NSA. Citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca is saying that revelations that our secretive spy agency is spending our tax dollars on activities designed to benefit U.S. interests is further evidence that CSEC is out-of-control and not accountable to Canadians.

In an article jointly bylined by journalist Glenn Greenwald, the CBC has revealed that: Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

Australians warn Canadians about 88 million dollar economic fallout from caving into U.S. pressure on digital policy

Trade Ministers set to gather for crucial Singapore TPP talks with U.S. lobbyists aiming to strong-arm Canada into adopting Internet censorship rules that damaged the Australian economy

December 6, 2013 – Australian experts are warning Canada about the damaging economic fallout of adopting U.S.-driven Internet censorship rules under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The warning comes as Trade Ministers, including Canada’s Ed Fast, prepare to gather in Singapore for a crucial round of TPP talks this weekend, with U.S. negotiators aiming to strong-arm Canada into adopting extreme rules that would make the Internet more expensive, censored, and policed. Read more »


New Snowden Documents reveal the Canadian government partnered in illegal spying on Canadian soil

Canadians are demanding action after shocking revelations show how out-of-control spy agency CSEC is damaging democracy at home and Canada’s relationships abroad

November 27, 2013 – In the wake of this evening’s bombshell revelations from journalist Glenn Greenwald, citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca is demanding the government rein in its secret spy agency CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada).

The top secret documents published tonight by CBC News reveal that:

  • Canadian spy agency CSEC authorized its U.S. counterpart, the NSA, to conduct extensive spying operations on Canadian soil during the 2010 Toronto G-20 summit.
  • The results of these spying operations were used by the NSA to "support U.S. policy goals" at the summit.
  • The CBC report labeled the activity “dubious legacy illegal spying by an American intelligence agency with the blessing of the Canadian government.”
Topics: Online Spying

Canadians join nearly 300 organizations and thousands of citizens around the world to call for United Nations and world governments to respect our right to privacy

Move comes following confirmation that U.S. spy agencies have been spying on citizens of allied nations.

November 26, 2013 – Global citizens and hundreds of organizations have launched an international campaign to rein in government surveillance and to protect the right to privacy. Today, OpenMedia.ca is joining with civil society organizations from around the world to launch an international petition to support the growing global call for governments to respect human rights when it comes to surveillance activities.

The campaign will rally citizens around the world to endorse the Necessary and Proportionate: 13 International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance. These principles were developed through months of consultation with technology, privacy, and human rights experts from around the world. The principles emphasize the human rights obligations of governments engaged in communications surveillance. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

Broad coalition to TPP governments: Pull provisions that restrict access to knowledge and open innovation

Organizations spanning nearly every TPP nation calls for a new approach that respects broad interests not just that of old US media conglomerates

November 21, 2013: Today the Fair Deal Coalition has called on Governments involved in the TPP negotiations to reject copyright proposals that would limit the open Internet, access to knowledge, and curtail economic opportunity.

The Coalition, made up of Internet users, schools, universities, artists, libraries and archives, the visually-impaired, consumers, information technology firms and Internet businesses, has written an open letter to the Governments involved in the negotiations following the leaking of the  chapter of the TPP relating to IP and copyright. Read more »


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