Michael Geist

Feds Make Insane Amount Of Data Requests About Canadians

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Business

Canadian government officials requested subscriber information from telecoms at least 1.13 million times per year between 2006 and 2008, according to ...

Supreme Court Just Killed Two Major Tory Bills: Geist

Michael Geist | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada Business

For the past several months, many Canadians have been debating privacy reform, with the government moving forward on two bills: lawful access (C-13) a...

Blown Chances, Bogus Claims and Blatant Hypocrisy: Why Yesterday Was a Disastrous Day for Canadian Privacy

Michael Geist | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

Bills C-13 and S-4, the two major privacy bills currently working their way through the legislative process, both reached clause-by-clause review yesterday, typically the best chance for amendment. Instead, the day was perhaps the most disastrous in recent memory for Canadian privacy, with blown chances for reform, embarrassingly bogus claims from the government in defending its bills, and blatant hypocrisy from government MPs who sought to discredit the same privacy commissioner they were praising only a few days ago.

These Tech Companies Are Unhappy With Harper's Cyberbully Bill

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Business

An industry group that represents more than 30 of the world’s most prominent tech and internet companies has criticized the Harper government’s an...

Rogers' 'Shocking Admission'

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Business

Rogers Communications may be violating privacy regulations in its approach to tracking requests for customer information, law and digital economy expe...

Government May Be CC'd On All Your Emails, Documents Show

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada Business

At least one Canadian telecom is evidently giving the government unrestricted access to communications on its network, according to documents from Can...

Proposed Digital Privacy Act Opens A Risky Door

CBC | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Business

Even as Paul, a TekSavvy internet subscriber, faced the possibility of a U.S. film company suing him for illegally downloading a movie, he felt certa...

Digital Privacy Act A ‘Stunning' Attack On Privacy: Critics

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Business

The Harper government’s Digital Privacy Act is being billed as “protection for Canadians when they surf the web and shop online,” but critics sa...

Digital Canada 150: The Digital Strategy Without a Strategy

Michael Geist | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

Despite its successes, Digital Canada 150 ultimately suffers from some notable omissions. For a strategy document, it is curiously lacking in actual strategy. The government updates Canadians on what it has done and provides some insight into what it plans to do, but there are few new strategies articulated.

U.S. Copyright Troll Plans Canadian Invasion

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Business

Canadians who are accused of online copyright infringement could soon be seeing demands for money in the mail from a U.S. anti-piracy company. Cali...

Like Video Games? Then You're Going To Hate Your Internet Provider

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Business

Like video games? Then prepare to pay more for internet service, analysts are warning. It has to do with a combination of two factors: The arrival ...

Canada's Music Industry Calls For Internet Crackdown

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

Canada’s music industry lobby group is calling on legislators to block websites that provide access to unauthorized music downloads, and to crack do...

Telecoms Planning ‘Two-Tier' Internet For Canada: Expert

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

As telecom giant Rogers reportedly prepares to launch its own competitor to Netflix, a prominent tech expert is warning such moves may lead to a “tw...

Anti-Spam Law Arrives, 3 Years Late

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - It will be another six months before Canada's new anti-spam law begins to come into force, following its passage three years ago.Industry Min...

So Now We Know: Cyberbullying Bill Is About Terror, Child Porn

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

Ever since the Tories introduced their anti-cyberbullying bill last month, critics have been asking why it deals with numerous issues not directly rel...

Tory Bill Would Have Allowed NSA-Style Surveillance: Prof

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Business

A controversial bill that would have given the federal government greater power to track Canadians online included a provision that would have allowed...

Telus Exec: Canada Should Have World's Highest Wireless Rates

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Business

A long-simmering cold war between Canada’s big telecom firms and consumer advocates has turned hot over the contentious subject of whether or not Ca...

Big Telecom Is Doing All They Can to Keep Phone Contracts Long

Michael Geist | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

The CRTC released its consumer wireless code last month, receiving kudos for new measures that should eliminate three-year contracts. Now the major telecom companies are preparing a lawsuit challenging the rules associated with the implementation of the code.

Canada's Copyright Board Is Badly Broken

Michael Geist | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

The litany of complaints about the Copyright Board of Canada has mounted in recent years: The public rarely participates in its activities due to high costs, it moves painfully slowly, and its rules encourage copyright collectives and users to establish extreme positions that make market-driven settlements more difficult.

The Myths About Canada's Anti-Spam Laws

Michael Geist | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

Over the past couple of weeks, there have been a myriad of posts and articles criticizing Canada's anti-spam legislation. According to some posts -- primarily those by Barry Sookman -- the legislation will stop family members from sending commercial e-mail to each other, parents from promoting their children's lemonade stands, and discriminate against charities and schools. Is this true?

Expert Slams Government's Latest Anti-Spam Regulations

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2013 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - One prominent Internet law expert says Ottawa has backed down on elements of its touted anti-spam regulations after an outcry from business...

The Canada-EU Trade Agreement Leak

Michael Geist | Posted 01.27.2013 | Canada
Michael Geist

As International Trade Minister Ed Fast returns from negotiations in Europe that failed to secure a deal on the Canada-EU Trade Agreement, newly leaked documents to the CAQ and posted by LaPresse provide a detailed look at the remaining outstanding issues with details on the Canadian and European positions.

Canada - EU Trade Negotiations Clouded by ACTA Concerns

Michael Geist | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Michael Geist

The Canada - EU Trade Agreement negotiations continue this week in Brussels with both parties hoping to wrap up many outstanding issues. According to information provided by Canadian officials at a briefing earlier next month, the plan is to narrow the areas of disagreement to no more than ten issues, with ministers meeting in Europe in November to try to forge an agreement on the contentious areas.

If Toews Has his Way, Internet Spying Isn't Far Behind

Michael Geist | Posted 10.21.2012 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

Sometime in the next few weeks, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is expected to be appointed to the Manitoba Court of Appeal. The Toews appointment is among the worst kept secrets in Ottawa, with the move causing a domino effect that will lead to a new minister and an opportunity for a fresh start on Internet surveillance legislation, one of the government's biggest political blunders to date.

Bell Canada Says It's Moving Away From Traffic-Throttling

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.24.2012 | Canada Business

In a move likely to be cheered by heavy Internet users and small Internet companies alike, Bell Canada has told its business partners that it’s movi...