Canada Spying

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.

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.

Bill C-51 Takes a Sledgehammer to the Canadian Charter

Shekhar Parmar | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Shekhar Parmar

On Wednesday our parliament passed bill C-51; a bill which takes a sledgehammer to the principles in the Charter. How could a controversial bill with 52 per cent of Canadians opposing it and only 33 per cent supporting it pass? Ignoring the voices of your constituents is dangerous, especially in an election year.

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.

Canadian Muslims Can Expect More Discrimination Under Bill C-51

Amira Elghawaby | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Amira Elghawaby

Even after the Conservative government buckled to pressure to amend the anti-terrors laws, Canadians can still be deemed too dangerous to travel by airline and won't be allowed to challenge the "evidence" against them. As lawyer and author Faisal Kutty puts it, Canadian Muslims can be considered "too guilty to fly, but too innocent to charge." Bill C-51 is a reckless attempt to win over an understandably fearful electorate under the pretense of fighting terrorism. Marginalizing the very Canadians who are on the front-lines of this struggle is worse than poor policy -- it's a threat to all of us.

You're Flattering Yourself If You Think You're Being Watched: Ex-Spy

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.26.2015 | Canada

OTTAWA - Many demonstrators are flattering themselves when they publicly fret about coming under the scrutiny of security services, says a former spym...

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.

Spy Watchdog Wary About Funding, 'Diminishing' CSIS Oversight

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The executive director of the watchdog that keeps an eye on the Canadian Security Intelligence Service is questioning whether the review body...

Feds Address 4-Year-Old Promise For Better Spy Oversight

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government says it is working on more comprehensive monitoring of Canadian intelligence agencies — over four years after c...

Mulcair: Anti-Terror Bill's Broad Wording Allows For Political Spying

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Information-sharing measures in proposed anti-terrorism legislation are so broadly worded they would allow the government to spy on its polit...

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.

Legalities Of CSIS Overseas Spying To Be Reviewed By Top Court

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will delve into the legalities of overseas spying by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.The federal gover...

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.

Does Mass Surveillance Prevent Terror Attacks?

CBC | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada

Mass trolling of internet data — as done by Canada's electronic spy agency in a project dubbed Levitation — can impede cyber spies in the hun...

REVEALED: Canadian Cyber-Dragnet Tracks Millions Of Downloads

CBC | Amber Hildebrandt, Michael Pereira and Dave Seglins | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada

Canada's electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a swe...

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.

Official: Bill Allowing CSIS To Break Foreign Laws Is Constitutional

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The deputy minister of public safety says a bill that would allow Canada's spy agency to break foreign laws is constitutional.At a Commons co...

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.

Zi-Ann Lum

Feds Kept Tabs On Nearly 800 Public Protests, Documents Reveal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada Politics

The government has been keeping lengthy records of nearly 800 public protests, rallies, and demonstrations since 2006, newly released documents show. ...

Canadian Spies Improperly Handled Info On Citizens

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's electronic spy agency intercepted — and kept — several private communications of Canadians last year in violation of internal po...

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.