Canada Surveillance

Canada's New Privacy Legislation Fails

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Business
Steve E. Anderson

This week, Industry Minister James Moore quietly tabled a new Digital Privacy Act in the Senate. The proposed legislation should safeguard Canadians' privacy online but sadly does not. The proposal is likely to reinforce the feeling that the Conservatives are just bad on privacy issues.

NSA REFORM

CP | Eileen Sullivan, The Associated Press | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada

WASHINGTON - The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on American...

3 Tools to Protect Your Data From Surveillance

Kris Constable | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kris Constable

All the tools I recommend are open source, means you don't have to trust me, you can download the source code and look at it yourself before using it. They are absolutely required for protecting your personal, and business data from unauthorized eavesdropping, which happens by default for anything you do online.

NSA Chips In 100,000 Foreign Computers: Report

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada

WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world — but not in the United States — tha...

Can We Still Embrace Technology Without Giving Up Privacy?

Ramona Pringle | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada
Ramona Pringle

It starts to feel like a no win situation, or as Mr. Polonetsky puts it, as though "the data genie is out of the bottle" and there is no turning back. Following the NSA leaks it became clear that Big Brother was watching, and listening -- but so are thousands of little brothers and sisters -- as anyone with smartphone in his or her pocket now holds a powerful surveillance device.

The Day I Found Out the Canadian Government Was Spying on Me

DeSmog Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

It was a Victoria day like any other until I found out the Canadian government has been vigorously spying on several Canadian organizations that work for environmental protections and democratic rights. My colleagues and I had been wary of being spied on for a long time, but having it confirmed still took the wind out of me.

The Government's Spying, But No One's Talking

David Christopher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

It's been just a week since OpenMedia.ca and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) announced a constitutional challenge to stop illegal government spying against law-abiding Canadians -- and already the response from Canadians has been remarkable.

Watching the Watchdog: Famed Surveillance Watchdog Warns Canada

Tim Knight | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

William Binney is a man on a mission. He spent nearly 30 years as a top executive in America's super-secret National Security Agency (NSA), now he wants you to know that same spy agency is pushing western democracies -- including Canada -- toward fascism.

Feds Wanted More Access To Smartphone Data, Documents Show

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Business

The federal government recently tried to expand its ability to carry out surveillance on smartphones, the Globe and Mail reports, but wireless compani...

Canada's Surveillance State Equates Protest to Terrorism

DeSmog Canada | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

The idea of a stranger listening to our phone calls, monitoring our Internet searches, reading our emails, trawling our social media accounts. These things are not only possible, but thanks to government fear mongering feeding our increased tolerance for supervision in a post-9/11 world, they're also entirely legal. Welcome to modern Canada.

Watching the Watchdog: Give the Nobel Prize to Snowden, Assange and Manning

Tim Knight | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

We've learned an incredible amount about how governments scheme, conspire, collude, connive and lie, both to each other and to the people who elected them. Which is why my nomination for the next Nobel Peace Prize is WikiLeaks and its three great whistleblowers -- Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.

How Can We Take Shelter From "The Cloud"?

Catherine Hart | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Business
Catherine Hart

As more and more of our personal information circulates online, is stored in the cloud, or is moved about on USBs and other portable devices, it's essential that we make sure those data flows are secure. While governments have been quick to respond to this increased ability to conduct surveillance, they have not been so enthusiastic about creating and enforcing protections for innocent citizens.

NSA Whistleblowers Have Been Sounding the Alarm for a Decade

Catherine Hart | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Catherine Hart

The U.S. National Security Agency has been in hot water for the last few weeks, as whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed a massive online spying system that has been vacuuming up huge amounts of communications data from U.S. and foreign citizens. But Snowden is far from the first whistleblower.

Will This Bill Kill Online Spying?

Catherine Hart | Posted 05.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Catherine Hart

The current terrain of Canadian spying legislation is complex. Bill C-30 is dead, and that is cause to celebrate. But it's also important to remain vigilant. Serious questions remain over bill C-55 and its so-called "emergency" situations, as well as how long authorities can continue to monitor communications after getting approval for intercept. At the same time, bill C-55 represents an opportunity to limit warrantless wiretaps to emergency situations only. Such a stipulation would prevent future attempts at mass surveillance along the lines of bill C-30.

Why Can't Victoria Police Be More Like Ottawa's Force?

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

Apparently the illegal scanning of licence plates by Victoria police will continue until fixes are implemented. Unlike their counterparts in Saanich and Ottawa, Victoria police have no intention of switching off the cameras during privacy compliance upgrades.

It Takes Two To Kill Illegal Police Licence Surveillance

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

B.C.'s Information and Privacy Commissioner took a stiff shot at the use of Automatic License Plate Recognition technology by the Victoria police. But it will likely take more than just her efforts to bring this ever-expanding surveillance system back in line with privacy law. The RCMP simply shouldn't be running a surveillance system on people who haven't broken any law, and they shouldn't be able to take advantage of the federal-provincial jurisdictional split to do so either.

London 2012: The Most Hygienic Games Ever?

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png There has been one more bombshell occurring in London -- though it hasn't quiet made the same kind of headlines as Ye Shiwen . In contrast to all the prognostication of infectious diseases outbreaks and epidemics that could potentially lead to a pandemic, including my own, the reality is that germs have played almost no role at the Games.

2012 Olympics: Let the Germs Begin

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.25.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngThe Games represent a unique opportunity for the world to share its germs and for public health officials to find a way to stem the tide of infection. The fear of germs has recently been raised to a level not seen since the days of SARS or the pandemic flu. It's now a matter of time to see whether the fears will be realized or fade away as the athletic achievements take over.

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?

Russia's Economy of Corruption

Peter Worthington | Posted 11.10.2011 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Now that it no longer aspires to take over the world -- or at least subvert Western countries -- Russia is not the threat to peace that it once was. Even when I lived in Moscow, true communism was never really practiced. Most Muscovites had clandestine deals going on, where they could manipulate or cheat the system.

Riot Review: More Cameras Would Help Police

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.01.2011 | Canada

VANCOUVER - Vancouver is considering expanding the use of surveillance cameras when large events concentrate thousands of people together in one spot,...

Police Infiltrated G20 Protest Groups: Report

CBC | Posted 08.24.2011 | Canada

CBC -- Newly released G8/G20 summit documents reveal the RCMP and various Ontario police forces spent several months infiltrating anti-war, anti-globa...