Canada Privacy

When Boundaries Are Healthy

Kim Smiley | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

I know, in the internet age, many people think boundaries are passé. This is clear to me when I contemplate people's selfies on social media and their transgressions on Twitter. But I want to reframe the discussion to show that boundaries can be healthy. So let's explore some of the benefits.

I Can Keep a Secret, Can You?

Kim Smiley | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

As a girl, a wise woman told me my eyes would elicit people's secrets throughout my life. I took her words to heart. From that day forward, I resolved to be a gatekeeper not a gossiper, and in some mystical way, like a magnetic field, her prophecy came true.

Back to School Social Media Rules for Parents and Kids

Jeff Quipp | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jeff Quipp

With the school year back in full swing, it's a great time to revisit a topic that affects students, parents and teachers equally: social media. While social media use continues to grow and becomes increasingly common place, it is nonetheless an area of contention, particularly when it comes to kids -- both in and outside of the classroom.

Why Does It Take Jennifer Lawrence's Nude Photo To Spark Outrage on Privacy Issues?

Lauren Messervey | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

But a new battle is raging, and as pleased as I am to see so many people outraged by a young actress' right to sexual privacy being violated, I can't help but ask; why such an outcry for Jennifer Lawrence? It has always been disgusting to see so many young women, celebrity or no, be abused by the absurdity of non-consensual pornography, so why are we choosing to be outraged now? Shouldn't we have brought this up a long time ago?

Facebook Messenger Permissions Come Down To Trust

Kris Constable | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kris Constable

The risk is, we don't know when Facebook, or any app, actually uses these permissions, and I don't think we want to find out after-the-fact that it's been recording me since I installed it, just to sell to advertisers. So until Google improves the Android architecture by allowing us more control over what permissions an app can access at any given time, it comes down to trust.

Government Spy Agencies Have Too Much Latitude

Amira Elghawaby | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Amira Elghawaby

Global attitudes on spying shift dramatically when the targets of the state's vast monitoring apparatus are suspected terrorists. Not surprisingly, a majority agree that it's acceptable to scrutinize the communications of those who would potentially do harm. Unfortunately, though, our governments have failed to show that they are capable of doing the job with care and precision.

Peter MacKay's Privacy Deficit Turned These Lives Upside Down

David Christopher | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Minister MacKay's lack of respect for Canadians is symptomatic of a government with a terrible track record on privacy issues. They continue to resist calls to take common sense steps to rein in Canada's out-of-control spy agency CSEC -- an agency that just 8 per cent of Canadians trust with their private information, according to a recent poll. The CSEC was caught red-handed collecting hugely sensitive information about law-abiding Canadian air travellers, and storing our private information in giant, insecure databases to be shared with their U.S. partners at the NSA.

The Conservative Government Just Doesn't Get It When It Comes To Privacy

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Steve E. Anderson

There are few rights more important in any healthy democracy than the right to privacy. When citizens believe they are being watched, their willingness to engage in democratic debate is eroded, which in turn undermines our whole democratic process. Yet we clearly have a privacy deficit in this country.

Two Bills Later, Political Parties Can Still Collect Your Info Scot-Free

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Vincent Gogolek

Are you worried about what federal political parties are doing with their ever-growing stashes of your personal information? Because you should be. Federal political parties' databases and all the personal information they contain are still not subject to any law (except for some information related to the voters register).

Shining a Light on Government Spy Requests

David Christopher | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Canadians have been speaking out in huge numbers about the government's mass surveillance of law-abiding citizens. For some time now, debate has focused on how many of our telecom companies appear to be cooperating with warrantless surveillance requests from government agencies.

The Best Ways to Better Protect Your Online Privacy

David Christopher | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Business
David Christopher

These tools can be up and running in just minutes. You'll make your everyday Internet activity much more secure -- while sending a powerful message to the spy agencies to boot.

Get Your Nose Out Of My Uterus: 10 Reasons Why You Should Never Ask A Woman If She's Pregnant

Vicki Murphy | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

Reason #1: Because we might not be pregnant. And then we'll think you're calling us fat. As much as we treasure new reasons to question our appearance, maybe you should refrain from asking the question until there's a giant baby head dangling from our crotch.

NDP Alarmed By PM's Watchdog Pick

CBC | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Politics

NDP Leader Thomas Muclair is firmly rejecting the Conservatives' choice for the next privacy commissioner, sending a letter to Prime Minister ...

The Pressure's On Harper to End Online Spying -- Let's Keep it Up

David Christopher | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

It looks like the rumble against the government's Online Spying Bill C-13 is turning into a roar. We hope that pressure from Canadians will encourage Conservative MPs to start speaking out about the hugely unpopular blanket spying measures in Bill C-13. They should put both public and private pressure on Defence Minister MacKay to split the bill and remove the online spying provisions. Tens of thousands of Canadians are now speaking out to demand an end to online spying, and new privacy rules to safeguard law-abiding Canadians from government surveillance. It's never been more important to keep up the pressure.

Changes to Bill C-13 Could Have Saved Rehtaeh's Life

Glen Canning | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Canning

This morning I spoke before The House of Commons' Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and shared my thoughts on Bill C-13. I know there are concerns with C-13 and believe me, if there was something better on the table I'd be all over it. There isn't, not that I can see. Police have to have the ability to act fast when it comes to cyber-crime or their response is pointless. Our children's rights and privacy is already being violated -- violated by some of the sickest people you can imagine. If it's a choice between them and the police I'm siding with the police.

Why State Surveillance Isn't Going Away Anytime Soon

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

The current state of government surveillance, the massive intrusion into our privacy, is not going to change anytime soon. A chance to move the debate constructively forward was missed. State surveillance, the collection of metadata, and some type of infringement of our right to privacy is going to continue. The only questions are to what extent and under what circumstances -- the law's never-ending search for proportionality. That is the debate that needs to be had, urgently.

Which MPs Have Your Back When it Comes to Privacy?

David Christopher | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

On Monday afternoon, the government's reckless online spying Bill C-13 came a small step closer to becoming the law of the land. It didn't get through without a lively debate which saw many MPs speak out strongly about how Bill C-13 would enable a wide range of government authorities to spy on the private lives of Canadians.

Businesses Need Protection Against Government Snooping Too

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

There's nothing wrong with raising concerns about respect for privacy with regard to certain commercial practices. But the quantity and quality of data collected, the use to which they are put, and the potential violations of respect for privacy have nothing in common with those of governments and their spy agencie

Canada's New Privacy Legislation Fails

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Business
Steve E. Anderson

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.

Think Twice Before Giving AirBnB Your ID

Kris Constable | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kris Constable

It's worth noting perhaps that my career has been around privacy and security, and so this really flustered me. After years of loyal service, when I've already provided AirBnB with access to my home address, phone number, and social media accounts, they've taken it a step further and decided that wasn't enough.

Can Metadata Solve Washroom Graffiti?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Instead of reassuring yourself that since you have nothing to hide, collection of metadata won't reveal anything interesting about you, ask your children how they feel about the proposed washroom math lesson. Then you can both stand up for your rights.

Should We Be Tracking Seniors?

CBC | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A B.C. lawyer and privacy advocate is raising questions about the ways CCTV cameras and other technologies are being used to keep track of seniors. ...

Freedom Of Thought Requires Privacy, Not State Scrutiny

Madeleine Thien | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Madeleine Thien

Imagine that I took all the e-mails and messages that I have ever written, as well as recordings of all Skype calls that I have ever made, and gave them to a group of strangers. Should we trust the priorities these strangers will have in 10 years, or 20 or 50? Should we trust that this immense cache of data will not become a commodity, traded to other governments that exist now, or will exist in the future?

Stop Using Our Personal Mental Health Records Against Us

Arthur Gallant | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Independence and privacy: These are two very valuable things that we cherish in our daily lives; many of us have a habit of taking them for granted. But for those with mental illness like myself it appears as if we now have to fight vigorously to maintain our independence and privacy.

Public Danger Warnings Slacking, Commissioner Says

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Public bodies in British Columbia, including the provincial government, don't do enough to warn people about potential health, safety and e...