Online Spying

Latest CSE spying revelations underline need for independent, democratic oversight, and raise huge questions around Bill C-51

February 25, 2015: Canadian spy agency CSE is collecting and storing millions of private emails that Canadians send to the government, including emails sent to Members of Parliament. The content of the emails are being stored for months, with deeply revealing metadata about them held for years. That’s according to reports this morning on CBC News and The Intercept, sourced from documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Responding to the news, OpenMedia’s communications manager David Christopher said: “These fresh revelations are further proof of how CSE recklessly disregards the privacy of Canadians. While government cybersecurity is important, there is clearly no cybersecurity need to retain people’s private information for months or even years.”

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PressProgress: C-51 is out of control

Rex Murphy wants YOU to stand up and fight the government's secret police Bill C-51.

Article by Press Progress

And they will say that this was Rex Murphy's finest hour.

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Geist: The disastrous privacy consequences of the Secret Police bill

 
Privacy expert Michael Geist has reviewed Stephen Harper’s Secret Police bill - and he doesn’t like what he sees. He concludes this bill will give the government “near-total power to share information for purposes that extend far beyond terrorism with few safeguards or privacy protections.” - Speak out at https://OpenMedia.org/Spyonus
 
Article by Prof. Michael Geist
 
The House of Commons debate over Bill C-51, the anti-terrorism bill, began yesterday with strong opposition from the NDP, disappointing support from the Liberals, and an effort to politicize seemingly any criticism or analysis from the Conservative government. With the government already serving notice that it will limit debate, the hopes for a non-partisan, in-depth analysis of the anti-terrorism legislation may have already been dashed. 
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The Guardian: Billions of cell phones hacked by NSA and GCHQ

Own a cell phone? You should read this.

Article by Dominic Rushe for The Guardian

American and British spies hacked into the world’s largest sim card manufacturer in a move that gave them unfettered access to billions of cellphones around the globe and looks set to spark another international row into overreach by espionage agencies.

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Press Progress: Six ways you may have already broken Harper's Secret Police law

Will your private life be under the government’s microscope if the Secret Police Bill is passed? Don't forget to speak out at https://OpenMedia.org/Spyonus

Article by Press Progress

Don't worry. The Harper government won't get "bogged down" down in legal definitions of terrorism -- Justice Minister Peter MacKay even told reporters to "look it up."

Neither Tory comment is likely to reassure critics who say the new anti-terror legislation could be used against lawful dissenters and legitimate protesters -- including environmental and aboriginal activists.

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Globe and Mail: Chretien, Clark, Martin, and Turner: Stop Bill C-51

4 former Prime Ministers, including Conservative Joe Clark, want more oversight on Canada's spy agencies.

Article by Jean Chretien, Joe Clark, Paul Martin and John Turner for The Globe and Mail

The four of us most certainly know the enormity of the responsibility of keeping Canada safe, something always front of mind for a prime minister. We have come together with 18 other Canadians who have served as Supreme Court of Canada justices, ministers of justice and of public safety, solicitors-general, members of the Security and Intelligence Review Committee and commissioners responsible for overseeing the RCMP and upholding privacy laws.

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