Online Spying

MacLeans: Craig Forcese on how our anti-terror laws make Canadians less safe

Leading privacy expert Craig Forcese: “If anything, Paris underlines the need to organize our national security apparatus in the most efficient manner possible."

Article by Evan Solomon for Macleans

In the wake of the attacks in Beirut and Paris, the debate about security has become urgent. The French government has given its police new security powers, but how different are the new French laws from Canada’s new and controversial anti-terror laws, known as Bill C-51? Read more »

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Arstechnica: Judge: Stingrays are “simply too powerful” without adequate oversight

Innocent citizens are inevitably and inarguably caught up in the StingRay’s dragnet – an explicit violation of our privacy rights. Here's some positive precedent from our heighbours in the south. 

Article by Cyrus Farivar for Arstechnica

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Civil society groups call on Trudeau to launch full public consultation before introducing C-51 reforms

Organizations and academic experts say that following last week’s tragic events in Paris, it’s especially important that the government consult Canadians before introducing its C-51 reform package

November 20, 2015 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to listen to Canadians before bringing forward a reform package on Bill C-51. That’s the message set out in a joint letter from a broad range of civil society groups and privacy experts, who say Canadians need to be fully consulted if C-51 is to be effectively addressed. The letter also calls on Mr Trudeau to state whether there are parts of C-51 he wants to keep, his justification for doing so, and a clear articulation of how this will impact our rights and freedoms.

The groups say that in light of last week’s tragic events in Paris and Beirut, it’s more important than ever to strike the right balance between effective security legislation and upholding Canadian democratic values. Warning that Bill C-51 poses “a direct and ongoing threat to Canadian innovation, political discourse, freedom of expression, privacy, and civil liberties,” the letter points out that Canadians have never been meaningfully consulted on the bill.

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CBC: After Paris, there will be no stopping the surveillance state now

No culture of fear is going to make us sacrifice our privacy.

Article by Neil Macdonald for CBC News

An old acquaintance who spent years in Canada's secret world, where he developed a you-don't-know-the-half-of-it smile, regularly sends me taunting emails and links.  

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Globe and Mail: How Bill C-51 may change under Trudeau’s government

We will not be governed by fear. We won't let reactions and fear destroy our civil liberties. When it comes to privacy and security, we know there is a balance to be struck and we want to have that conversation.

How do you think recent events in Paris will impact privacy and surveillance here in Canada? Will this impact Trudeau’s response to C-51?

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Guardian: Intelligence agencies pounce on Paris attacks to pursue spy agenda

Sadly, it hasn’t taken long for the spy agencies to start using the Paris attacks to push their anti-privacy agenda. Here’s why we shouldn’t let fear undermine our democratic values.

Article by Trevor Timm for The Guardian
Government officials are wasting no time in attempting to exploit the tragedy in Paris to pass invasive anti-privacy laws and acquire extraordinary new powers that they have wanted for years. In the process, they are making incredibly dishonest arguments and are receiving virtually no pushback from the media.
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