Privacy Rights

Peaceful Protests Are Not a National Security Threat

Ecojustice | Posted 05.30.2015 | Canada Politics

Looking at Bill C-51, Ecojustice's primary concerns revolve around the proposed information-sharing regime and its implications for First Nations and environmentalists engaged in non-violent protests against fracking, pipelines, or other projects that pose serious risks to the environment and human health. Bill C-51 should be amended to exempt all forms of "advocacy, protest, dissent or artistic expression" so long as they do not endanger life. A peaceful Aboriginal blockade or environmental protest is not a national security threat. 

Why There Shouldn't Be Breathalyzers at Prom

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Recently, the principal of a large high school in Toronto announced, with the approval of the parent council, that all students attending this year's prom would be subject to a breathalyzer test. The belief that we set everything else aside when safety is our concern, means that we could find ourselves subject to the most egregious measures, so long as we believe that the intention of such measures is safety. A school prom is not just another party. It is a special rite of passage, like a graduation ceremony. What students wear, who they go with, what music they will dance to are all planned even years in advance. So telling students that if they don't want to be searched, they can just stay home is deeply unfair.

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...

Do Unions Trump Your Right To Privacy?

Karen Selick | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Karen Selick

One Ontario government employee complained that her home was picketed by co-workers after she chose to work during a strike. Her name was placed on a "scab list" and circulated to her neighbours. She was followed from her home to her son's school. Messages were left on her machine by people calling themselves "the Oshawa mob."

Behavioural Advertising: Who's Watching You?

Jennifer Stoddart | Posted 02.18.2012 | Canada
Jennifer Stoddart

How would you feel if mall security cameras didn't simply monitoring you for stealing, but instead kept tabs on the specific brands, styles, colours and sizes of clothes you tried on, the magazines you leafed through at newsstands, what you ordered from the food court, and everything you actually bought during your visit?

Lawful Access Legislation May Threaten Our Rights and Freedoms

Jennifer Stoddart | Posted 12.27.2011 | Canada Politics
Jennifer Stoddart

Dear Minister Toews, these bills went far beyond simply maintaining investigative capacity or modernizing search powers. Rather, they added significant new capabilities for investigators to track, and search and seize digital information about individuals.