Canada Privacy

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 04.28.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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.

Privacy Violations On Upswing In B.C.: Watchdog Report

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia

B.C.'s privacy watchdog is calling for improved teamwork between the government and her office.

Why Did the Liberals Vote For Bill C-13 After Fiercely Opposing It?

Eva Prkachin | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Eva Prkachin

Like an overwhelming number of Canadians, you said -- publicly -- that you didn't want to grant telecom providers immunity for handing over our sensitive private information to government without a warrant. But then at the last minute something changed. You voted for the Bill in Parliament, and I don't mind telling you that was a huge disappointment. I also can't help but detect a hint of shame in the blog post that you wrote explaining why you turned around and supported the Bill after speaking out so vociferously against it.

Who Has Access to Your HIV Test Results?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Q: "I was wondering who is able to access Ontario Ministry of Health lab records. I did a series of tests for a needle-stick injury, and was recently told that I could be discriminated against for a job in public health or insurance. When I looked it up on-line, it appears that insurance companies can access lab records. Is this true?"

We Need To Fight For a Free and Open Internet in 2015

David Christopher | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Do we want an Internet that works for everyday citizens -- or one dominated by powerful bureaucracies, be they spy agencies, giant telecom conglomerates, or powerful Hollywood lobbyists? If we want a free and open Internet that works for all of us then we're going to have to fight for it.

Bill Cosby's Signature Tells Us More About Him Than You Think

Annette Poizner | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Living
Annette Poizner

The first letter of his surname has been distorted and made into an overarching awning which protects the surname, representing the public self or the professional self. In fact, some of the letters of the last name are tucked away, hidden beneath that dominant arcade, as if tucked away from public view. What do we know about Bill Cosby's private life?

At This Point Is Wearable Tech More About Fashion or Function?

Elaine Mah | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Business
Elaine Mah

Wearables are running the gamut: technology that can boost activity, keep you connected, and at the end of the day, help you unwind. While I was amazed by the solutions being showcased at Wearable Entertainment and Sports Toronto, the conference left me with more questions than answers about the bigger role of wearable technology in society.

Now, More Than Ever, Canada Must Remain Free and Open

Josh Tabish | Posted 12.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Josh Tabish

It has never been clearer that Canada has a growing privacy deficit that needs to be addressed. Unless we work together, we could end up with a society that's more spied on and policed than ever before.

Harper's 'Revenge Porn' Bill Agenda Does Very Little To Protect Innocents

Reut Amit | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Reut Amit

It's not cyber-bullying, it's cyber-rape. Imagine you receive an email containing a naked picture of you in a sexual position. You remember, that one that you sent your lover. The email is linked to a site where more images of your naked and vulnerable body are displayed followed by hateful comments, complete strangers tearing you apart, a cybermob virtually raping you. The site includes your full name, your home address, your contact information. Some of the commenters threaten to come to your home and rape you.

When Boundaries Are Healthy

Kim Smiley | Posted 11.19.2014 | 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 11.13.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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.