Canada Surveillance

Vancouver Police Neither Confirm Nor Deny Cellphone Surveillance

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The Stingray mass-surveillance device is widely adopted in the U.S. and vigorously condemned by civil liberty groups.

The Liberals Must Repeal Bill C-51

David Christopher | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Attention is turning to what the Liberals plan to do when they formally assume office in just a couple weeks. Many Canadians will be watching very closely to see what the Liberals are planning on the reckless secret police bill introduced by the previous government.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

Snowden: Canadians Should Be 'Extraordinarily Cautious'

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Politics

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed students at a Toronto private school via video link on Monday to warn about the perils of being complacent ...

Quebec Insurers Test Project To Track Drivers

CBC | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada Business

The province's car insurance board says it will soon have another tool to make Quebec's roads safer. The SAAQ will launch a pilot project where it w...

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.

Canadian Telcos Want to Build Surveillance-Ready Networks

Michael Geist | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

Perhaps the most notable revelation from documents obtained under the Access to Information Act is that Internet providers have tried to convince the government that they will voluntarily build surveillance capabilities into their networks. A 2013 memorandum prepared for the public safety minister reveals that Canadian telecom companies advised the government that the leading telecom equipment manufacturers, including Cisco, Juniper, and Huawei, all offer products with interception capabilities at a small additional cost.

Disclosure Of Telecom Surveillance Info Worried Feds, Memo Reveals

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A move by telecommunications firms to be more forthcoming with the public about their role in police and spy surveillance could divulge "sens...

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.

Government Spy Agencies Have Too Much Latitude

Amira Elghawaby | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Amira Elghawaby

Global attitudes on spying shift dramatically when the targets of the state's vast monitoring apparatus are suspected terrorists. Not surprisingly, a majority agree that it's acceptable to scrutinize the communications of those who would potentially do harm. Unfortunately, though, our governments have failed to show that they are capable of doing the job with care and precision.

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.

The Conservative Government Just Doesn't Get It When It Comes To Privacy

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Steve E. Anderson

There are few rights more important in any healthy democracy than the right to privacy. When citizens believe they are being watched, their willingness to engage in democratic debate is eroded, which in turn undermines our whole democratic process. Yet we clearly have a privacy deficit in this country.

Shining a Light on Government Spy Requests

David Christopher | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Canadians have been speaking out in huge numbers about the government's mass surveillance of law-abiding citizens. For some time now, debate has focused on how many of our telecom companies appear to be cooperating with warrantless surveillance requests from government agencies.

The Best Ways to Better Protect Your Online Privacy

David Christopher | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Business
David Christopher

These tools can be up and running in just minutes. You'll make your everyday Internet activity much more secure -- while sending a powerful message to the spy agencies to boot.

Harper Is Willing and Able to Keep Canada Under Surveillance

Russ Blinch | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Russ Blinch

Yes, there have always been spies and espionage, all with the aim of stopping some calamity, the existential threats. But thanks to Snowden, the computer geek with the highest levels of clearance, we now know the U.S. has turned its giant spying apparatus on its own people. We also know, thanks to Snowden, that the Harper government is a willing participant and keen to add to our rapidly ballooning surveillance state. And future consequences may be dire.

The Pressure's On Harper to End Online Spying -- Let's Keep it Up

David Christopher | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

It looks like the rumble against the government's Online Spying Bill C-13 is turning into a roar. We hope that pressure from Canadians will encourage Conservative MPs to start speaking out about the hugely unpopular blanket spying measures in Bill C-13. They should put both public and private pressure on Defence Minister MacKay to split the bill and remove the online spying provisions. Tens of thousands of Canadians are now speaking out to demand an end to online spying, and new privacy rules to safeguard law-abiding Canadians from government surveillance. It's never been more important to keep up the pressure.