Canada Privacy

Court Fight to Stop FATCA Impacts Every Canadian

Cleo Hamel | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

Under the FATCA rules, financial institutions are obligated to provide the IRS with information about accounts and holdings of U.S. citizens. Basically, the IRS is trying to make sure you are not hiding money overseas though Canada is hardly a tax haven. But there is more to this overreaching legislation that just tracking down deadbeat U.S. citizens.

10 Facebook Tips Everyone Should Know

Meg Sinclair | Posted 08.29.2015 | Canada Living
Meg Sinclair

Change your relationship status without everyone knowing. Going from In a relationship to single? Prevent ringing the alarms by going to the about tab > family and relationships > changing your privacy settings to only me. Switch your status to single and changes will not appear in the news feed.

There's a Difference Between Fantasy and Cheating on Ashley Madison

Sue Nador | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

I'm a big believer in some personal autonomy. I don't feel I owe it to my husband to share every one of my deepest and darkest secrets. And I don't push him to tell me everything on his mind either. God no, I don't want to know everything on his mind. I'm a gal who enjoys a bit of mystery and his over-sharing would be a buzz kill. But there is a difference between "thought" and "action". It's fine to fantasize -- no harm is done.

5 Ways This Election Could Shape Our Digital Future for a Generation

David Christopher | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

There's a lot at stake here -- if Canada continues on the path the current government has set it on, then harmful policies on surveillance, Internet censorship, and Big Telecom dominance could be locked in place for a generation, and hold back our digital economy. Canadians deserve better.

We Should Be Innovating With Privacy in Mind

Jennifer Osborne | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Business
Jennifer Osborne

Consumers want streamlined and intuitive products, but sometimes that comes at the cost of giving up some privacy. Businesses and developers want to create apps that will be used by many, which leads to monetization via fees, advertising and leveraging of data collected.

5 Tips to Increase Your Privacy With Windows 10

Matthew Held | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

The release of Windows 10 marks the arrival of Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella's vision towards a "mobile-first, cloud-first" computing world. If you plan to upgrade to Windows 10, consider configuring the settings during the installation phase if you want to protect your privacy.

Free Expression Is Slipping Away

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

Free expression is democracy. Without it, political choice is a farce. You can have all the elections you want and they will mean nothing without the secure right to express, share information and advocate for your views. Canada's federal government has been no friend of the right to know since Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to power.

The Crackdown on Domain Privacy Has to Stop

David Christopher | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Large media conglomerates are piling on the pressure to ban these privacy protection services for any domains used for "commercial purposes". They're trying to make it even easier to access people's private contact information, so that they can sue domain owners who they accuse of copyright infringements.

Your Devices Will Soon Be Listening to You

Kris Constable | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Business
Kris Constable

The year 2015 will be remembered, amongst other things, as the year your devices started listening and watching you. Until now, to have your device listen to you, it usually required you actively interact with the device, such as pressing a listen or record button, for it to engage.

The Privacy of Transitioning Individuals' Health Records Could Be at Risk

Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

This month, as Toronto plays host to one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, it's worth reflecting on the long way Canada's LGBT community appears to have come in terms of advancing their legal rights.

This Is How Canadians Can End Mass Surveillance

David Christopher | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Many Canadians are asking whether anything can be done to rein in the almost unimaginable surveillance powers revealed by Edward Snowden. From our research and consultation with privacy experts, there are a number of practical steps that can be taken to put a stop to surveillance abuses and better protect the privacy of Canadians.

Could This Be the Antidote to Bill C-51?

David Christopher | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Today's the big day, folks: Wednesday morning, OpenMedia is launching our positive, pro-privacy action plan, packed with ideas from everyday Canadians about how to roll back Bill C-51, end mass surveillance, and restore the privacy rights of everyone who lives in Canada.

Have You Made an Informed Decision to Use Facebook?

Kris Constable | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Business
Kris Constable

Privacy commissioners regulate laws, they don't go on privacy witch hunts to make companies' lives difficult. There are lots of economic opportunities to do bad things, but society is at a shift where many people want to see the respectful thing done, and Facebook is not choosing the respectful thing here.

We've Got a Plan to Restore the Privacy Rights of Canadians

David Christopher | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Even casual followers of current affairs will know from recent developments that Canada faces a stark privacy deficit. And anyone who's been within hailing distance of OpenMedia these past months will know we've been pushing back hard against the way the government is shredding our privacy rights.

Canadian Business Leaders Aren't Looking for Business Advice from Parliament

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Business
Steve E. Anderson

This is how Conservative MP Laurie Hawn responded to the now 140 plus businesses who have raised concerns in a letter published by the National Post about reckless spying Bill C-51: "[They] should seriously reconsider their business model and their lack of commitment to the values that bind us as Canadians."

Canadians Have United to Stop Bill C-51. But Will the Government Listen?

David Christopher | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

In the space of a few short months since Bill C-51 was announced, hundreds of thousands of people have taken action to stop it: signing petitions, writing letters to local newspapers, phoning and writing to their member of Parliament, and hitting the streets in nationwide demonstrations in over 70 communities across Canada.

Small Businesses Across Canada Are Standing up Against Bill C-51

David Christopher | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Small businesses across Canada are speaking up to warn the government about the economic damage that its "secret police" Bill C-51 will inflict on our economy. If Bill C-51 is passed, it will change Canada's economic climate for the worse, notably by harming Canadian commerce, trade, and data security. This upsurge in opposition from small businesses couldn't be more timely: committee hearings on the Bill are continuing today in the Senate, while the House of Commons could hold its final vote in just days.

Tech Company Innovation Outweighs Policy Headaches

Saeed Selvam | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

Tech giants like Google, Facebook, Uber and Airbnb have entered unchartered policy territory where ethics debates, grey areas and government relations are the daily norm. While the seeming nuisance of having to deal with all these new policy implications all at once may seem cumbersome, the economic benefits and progress that has been made far outweigh the work.

What You'll Have to Do to Stay Under the Radar if Bill C-51 Becomes Law

Susan Wright | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Susan Wright

Bill C-51 is an omnibus anti-terrorism bill that grants CSIS new information sharing powers and converts CSIS from a covert intelligence gathering organization to a covert enforcement agency. Ms. Soapbox is here to offer four simple suggestions to keep you out of trouble when Stephen Harper's majority government finally passes this monstrous piece of legislation.

If You Could Speak at the Bill C-51 Hearing, What Would You Say?

Eva Prkachin | Posted 05.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Eva Prkachin

Our own Steve Anderson has been invited to testify before the committee and share our community's concerns about C-51 with key decision makers. We know that when we speak out together with one voice we can change the government's mind. That's why we need your help right now.

Are You Obligated to Provide Your Password at the Border?

Kris Constable | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Kris Constable

There are already some technical experts suggesting you use duress passwords that wipe your device, but I would not recommend that -- that could have negative affects if you are considered to be tampering with evidence, or obstruction. I suggest you are better off in a position where you do not know your password, or exercise silence if in Canada.

Better Late Than Never: Politicians Are Speaking up Against Bill C-51

Eva Prkachin | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Eva Prkachin

Huge numbers of Canadians, including key Ottawa decision-makers, are pushing back hard against the government's Bill C-51, which proposes unprecedented new powers for Canada's security agencies. The bill effectively turns CSIS into a secret police force and would place every Canadian under a government microscope.

How to Tackle Canada's Privacy Deficit

David Christopher | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Anyone can be a victim of surveillance. If you've used any of over a hundred popular file-hosting websites in the past three years, chances are you've had your online activity collected and analyzed by CSEC, acting without a warrant and with no independent oversight. There is a great deal that can be done to tackle our privacy deficit.

Harper's New 'Anti-Terrorism' Bill Will Create a Climate of Self-Censorship

Peter Nowak | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Nowak

The Harper government's newly introduced "anti-terrorism" legislature, Bill C-51, has been roundly condemned as an assault on privacy and free speech -- and rightly so. Besides hunting down would-be terrorists, the new laws could be used to stifle dissent, remove due process and lead to the creation of a secret police force, critics say. In a supposedly enlightened and democratic country such as Canada, these would be unwelcome developments to say the least. But there is a deeper cost to eroding privacy than just the spurring of undesirable changes in external entities such as courts and communications networks. Also at stake is the very freedom of Canadians to internally determine who they are and want to be.

Just Clicking on a Link Could Make You a Target For In-Depth Government Surveillance

Eva Prkachin | Posted 04.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Eva Prkachin

Even more disturbing, it seems that CSE deliberately targeted Canadian IP addresses in violation of the law and contrary to repeated government assurances. They then cross-referenced the IP addresses of file-hosting users with other databases to learn the identity of these users. So basically, ending up as a target for in-depth surveillance could be as easy as clicking on a link.