Is Ottawa mishandling your personal data?

The federal government may be the biggest risk to Canadians’ privacy as “some government departments have suffered breaches virtually every 48 hours.” The government continually pushes for more of our private data, yet history shows it as a great deal of troubling protecting it. We deserve better. Call for a pro-privacy commitment now: Article ... Is the government trying to bring back the online spying bill?

This week, comments from Stephen Harper about police powers for investigating online crimes have privacy advocates worried that the government might exploit Canadians’ fears around cyberbullying to reboot its failed online spying program. Using language pulled directly from bill C-30 talking points, Harper noted that law enforcement encounters difficulties because “investigative tools for our police ... When it comes to our privacy, it’s clear the "status quo is unacceptable"

This week is Privacy Awareness Week, and we are pushing harder than ever for a firm pro-privacy commitment from the government. When we see over 3,000 privacy breaches and only about 13% are reported, we know the “status quo is unacceptable.” Tell the government to respect and protect your privacy. Article by Jordan Press for ... When it comes to our privacy, it’s clear the "status quo is unacceptable"

This week is Privacy Awareness Week, and we are pushing harder than ever for a firm pro-privacy commitment from the government. When we see over 3,000 privacy breaches and only about 13% are reported, we know the “status quo is unacceptable.” Tell the government to respect and protect your privacy. Article by Jordan Press for ... Pro-privacy community rallies against CISPA & is ready for a reincarnation

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week, after a last-minute amendment that some have argued will allow for even broader application of the bill. It is now awaiting a vote in the Senate, though the Senators don’t seem to be in any hurry to get to ... CISPA and the threat to Candians’ privacy

CBC Spark’s Dan Misener talks CISPA, a U.S. warrantless online spying bill, and the threats it poses to Canadians’ privacy. read more CSIS under spam attack

CSIS web databases appear to be infected with malicious software that can secretly gather info from visitors. Ask your MP to pass legislation that will protect our sensitive information. Article by Ann Brocklehurst for the National Post: The agency at the heart of Canada’s security and intelligence network — and which investigates threats to cyber-security ... More than 1 million Canadians’ private data may have been compromised

The federal government has seen over 3,134 data and privacy breaches in the past 10 years, and less than 13% have been reported. With this kind of record, it’s clear we need a firm pro-privacy commitment from the government. Article by Althia Raj for The Huffington Post: More than a million Canadians may have had ... Most Canadians don’t think the government takes protecting our privacy seriously enough.

A recent poll shows that only 21% of Canadians think the federal government takes protecting our private information seriously enough. We need pro-privacy legislation in place to stop invasions of our privacy. Share this image and tell the government to take our privacy seriously: read more Supreme Court of Canada makes pro-citizen privacy decision.

Canadians have been successfully pushing back hard against warrantless access to our private information. Now, in a recent decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has made a pro-citizen decision – police are now required to meet a higher standard of justification to attain a warrant to gain access your text messages. Let’s continue forward and ... With the government’s poor data privacy track record, we need a pro-privacy commitment

The loss of Canadians’ student loan data earlier this year was one of the various demonstrations that the government does not have sufficient safeguards in place to protect our private data. That they might have known about it earlier shows a definite need for transparency in this process. With such a history, make sure your ... What the media is missing: Government privacy breaches

Guest blog by Tyler Morgestern, Program Director at the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association. In the so-called “era of big data,” it’s no secret that more of our personal information than ever is ending up in the hands of powerful organizations, including transnational private corporations, national governments, and various public and bureaucratic bodies. ... Spying software linked to Canadian servers

While it’s unclear whether the government is using the FinFisher spy software, the government should either come clean and tell Canadians they are using this technology as this report suggests, or clearly state that they are not. Demand transparency and accountability for your privacy: Article by The Canadian Press on CBC: University of Toronto ... C-55 mythbuster and privacy in the future

Is online spying dead? New threats and the case for vigilance There has been growing concern amongst many members of the pro-privacy community that the government’s new Bill C-55 has risen from the ashes of the costly, invasive, and warrantless online spying Bill C-30 that was formally withdrawn earlier this year. Well, you can rest-assured ... Grassroots Group Hopeful Pro-Privacy MP Borg’s Online Privacy Bill Will Lead to Important Safeguards

SOS_100xx100.png says new NDP bill is a stepping stone in protecting Canadians’ online privacy rights February 27, 2013 – Grassroots pro-Internet organization is hopeful that NDP MP Charmaine Borg’s private member’s bill will act as a stepping stone towards protecting Canadians’ online privacy from government authorities. is a non-partisan organization, but one ... The fight for our privacy continues.

In the wake Canadians’ defeat of the online spying bill C-30, the fight for our privacy continues. Companies continue to voluntarily disclose our private data to law enforcement without court oversight and with no obligation to report the disclosures.Transparency should be the norm. We need the government to make a pro-privacy commitment to protect our ... We need a pro-privacy commitment after government’s poor data privacy track record

We saw Canadians’ efforts lead to the defeat of bill C-30 and now we need to remain vigilant. With a 40% rise in privacy complaints the government has private industry beat in “leaks, spies, hacks, and willful disregard” of our private data. With such a record, we clearly need a pro-privacy commitment from the government. ... You’re a part of it | Weekly News Update from

Hello! Here’s Lindsey with your update: read more On the one-year anniversary of #TellVicEverything it’s time for pro-privacy commitment from the government

Today, February 16, 2013 marks the one-year anniversary of the #TellVicEverything Twitter campaign, which went viral and saw thousands of Canadians creatively and successfully voicing their opposition to the government’s controversial online spying Bill C-30. Almost one year later, on February 11, 2013, we saw a huge victory when the government bowed to pressure from ... Looks like we won

We did it! The Conservative government has killed online spying legislation Bill C-30! If passed, the bill would have provided access to your private online information without a warrant, and you would have had to pay for it. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced on Monday, “We will not be proceeding with Bill C-30 … We’ve ... Celebrating privacy win and pushing forward for the future

Your efforts pushed the government to kill Bill C-30. And “this is a victory for each and every Canadian and it’s pretty inspiring to see what we can do when we send a clear message to the government.” As many of you have pointed out though, we must remain vigilant against any attempts by the ... The government has finally listened to Canadians and killed online spying bill C-30!

We won! The government has finally listened to Canadians and killed online spying bill C-30! Way back in June 2011 when we worked with Canadians from across the country to launch the campaign all the pundits and “experts” said we couldn’t win. Well Canada, you just proved them all wrong. read more Media Advisory: Government suggests controversial online spying Bill C-30 may be in the works; available for comment

OM_bigbox_300x250.png WHAT: During an interview with CBC News Network host Evan Solomon, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson suggested that the government is working on a revised version to the controversial online spying legislation Bill C-30. When pressed on the online spying plan Nicholson said, “We’re looking at all aspects of that and when we have an ... OpenMedia Street Teams get active at a local level to fight online spying

Members the pro-Internet community are busily working with OpenMedia staff to get active at a local level, and standing up for your privacy by amplifying voices from our campaign. It’s inspiring and it’s working. In case you missed it, check out this amazing coverage, and keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming report-back from ... Privacy Commissioner to try to rework the online spying bill

We know that online spying bill C-30 is invasive, costly, and poorly thought-out. In fact, so many of us made our voices heard through and more that we’ve so far prevented this warrantless spying scheme. Now Canada’s Privacy Commissioner is working on a version of C-30 that would take our civil liberties into account. ...