The Canadian Progressive: Canada and “Five Eyes” spying partners must respect encryption

The final communiqué issued by the “Five Eyes” surveillance alliance after a recent meeting in Ottawa suggests what might turn out to be a made-in-Canada global encryption backdoor. The post Canada and “Five Eyes” spying partners must respect encryption appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Public Safety Committee Thwarts Canadian Police Chiefs’ Hunger For Lawful Access Powers

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security recently thwarted Canadian policing agencies’ insatiable hunger for lawful access and related surveillance powers. For now, our elected officials aren’t convinced that law enforcement and spying agencies urgently need warrantless access to our digital and online lives. The post Public Safety Committee Thwarts ...

Politics and its Discontents: Do You Know You May Be Under Surveillance?

Last month I wrote a post on the increasing appetite of police departments to use mass surveillance techniques that make their job easier but represent yet another threat to the privacy rights of citizens. That post revolved primarily around a device called a Stingray, which indiscriminately surveils any cellphone within its multi-kilometre range, and it ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Time For Some Critical Thinking

With Canada’s police chiefs clamoring for new powers that would allow for a massive invasion of our collective privacy, Canadians need to take some time to think critically about our rights and freedoms. As you will see in the following, the first commentator, Rich van Abbe of Toronto, has done just that: Re: Police chiefs ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Time For Some Critical Thinking

With Canada’s police chiefs clamoring for new powers that would allow for a massive invasion of our collective privacy, Canadians need to take some time to think critically about our rights and freedoms. As you will see in the following, the first commentator, Rich van Abbe of Toronto, has done just that: Re: Police chiefs ...

Politics and its Discontents: We Should All Be Very Concerned

Given the authorities’ recent success in thwarting Aaron Driver’s plans for a terrorist attack, I suspect that most Canadians are not too concerned about protecting their privacy rights. The fact that existing laws, legal surveillance and a timely tip from the FBI were responsible for stopping him should, however, be uppermost in our minds as ...

Politics and its Discontents: We Should All Be Very Concerned

Given the authorities’ recent success in thwarting Aaron Driver’s plans for a terrorist attack, I suspect that most Canadians are not too concerned about protecting their privacy rights. The fact that existing laws, legal surveillance and a timely tip from the FBI were responsible for stopping him should, however, be uppermost in our minds as ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau Government Blocks Harper’s Draconian Bill C-377

The Liberal government has announced what appears to be Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first step towards repealing Harper’s Bill C-377, a draconian law that sought to weaken Canada’s labour movement. The government has waived reporting requirements for unions under Bill C-377. The post Trudeau Government Blocks Harper’s Draconian Bill C-377 appeared first on The Canadian ...

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: What Now? Privacy and Surveillance in Canada After the Paris Attacks

The recent Paris terror attacks shouldn’t stop the new Liberal government from re-examining Canada’s privacy and surveillance policies, argues Michael Geist, the Canada research chair in Internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa. The post Michael Geist: What Now? Privacy and Surveillance in Canada After the Paris Attacks appeared first on The Canadian ...

The Canadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau to give Canada’s NSA more powers to spy on Canadians

Justin Trudeau promises to give the Communications Security Establishment, Canada’s most secretive spy agency, more powers to spy on Canadians if the Liberals form the next government after the 2015 federal election. The post Justin Trudeau to give Canada’s NSA more powers to spy on Canadians appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau’s defence of the Liberals’ support for Bill C-51 Falls flat, Michael Geist says

U of Ottawa professor and Internet law expert, Michael Geist, explains why the Justin Trudeau Liberals “made the wrong choice” by supporting Bill C-51 The post Trudeau’s defence of the Liberals’ support for Bill C-51 Falls flat, Michael Geist says appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Bell Canada Slapped With $750 Million Class-Action Lawsuit

A new $750 million class action lawsuit alleges that Bell Canada tracked, collected and sold customers’ sensitive account and internet browsing information to advertisers. The post Bell Canada Slapped With $750 Million Class-Action Lawsuit appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Cowichan Conversations: Freedom-Privacy – Are You Kidding Me!

Don Maroc Last December Canada’s Supreme Court, with a thin 4-3 majority decision, ruled that even if a police search of a cell phone’s contents is illegal (no court issued search warrant), the contents may be used as evidence in court proceedings. The majority stipulated that such a search must be directly related to the ...

The Canadian Progressive: “Bill C-51 is reckless and dangerous,” says OpenMedia’s Steve Anderson

Testifying before the House of Commons public safety committee on Monday, OpenMedia’s Steve Anderson said Harper’s anti-terror Bill C-51 is dangerous, reckless and ineffective. The post “Bill C-51 is reckless and dangerous,” says OpenMedia’s Steve Anderson appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Bill C-51: 8 things activists and dissenters in Canada need to know

After thoroughly studying Harper’s draconian anti-terror Bill C-51, lawyers at the BC Civil Liberties Association suggest the 8 things activists and dissenters in Canada need to know. The post Bill C-51: 8 things activists and dissenters in Canada need to know appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: It’s Official: Trying To Protect Your Privacy Can Lead To Criminal Charges

Are Canadians really okay with this? A Quebec man charged with obstructing border officials by refusing to give up his smartphone password says he will fight the charge. The case has raised a new legal question in Canada, a law professor says. Alain Philippon, 38, of Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Que., refused to divulge his cellphone password to ...

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Police State Anti-terrorism Bill C-51 “Dangerous”: 100+ Academics

More than 100 academics sign letter telling Canadian MPs that Harper’s proposed anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51, would allow CSIS to violate Canadians’ privacy rights. The post Harper’s Police State Anti-terrorism Bill C-51 “Dangerous”: 100+ Academics appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Wise Law Blog: "We heard you had a baby…"

BY NITIN PARDAL, LAWYER, WISE LAW OFFICE A warning to mothers who gave birth at Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital – Big Brother may be watching you.   Or just trying to sell you a Registered Education Savings Plan (“RESP”). Between 2009 and 2013 confidential personal data of maternity patients at Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital was allegedly distributed ...

Wise Law Blog: Blurred Lines – Privacy and the Work/Personal Computer

BY ANA KRALJEVIC, LAWYER, WISE LAW OFFICEIn today’s computer age, almost all of our actions, from banking to online shopping to private communications with loved ones can be accessed and viewed with just a few clicks and single successful password attempt.  And while this naturally raises security concerns regarding privacy in our private lives, is our ...

The Canadian Progressive: More than 30 organizations uniting to safeguard Canadians’ privacy rights

With Parliament set to resume, coalition calls for effective legal measures to protect the privacy of every resident of Canada against government intrusion The post More than 30 organizations uniting to safeguard Canadians’ privacy rights appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Canada, immigration raids and deportations are not entertainment!

It was revealed last month that Vic Toews, Canada’s Public Safety Minister, approved the raid, carried out for the Canada Border Services Agency’s reality television series.After the revelation, the BC Civil Liberties Association filed a formal complaint with the federal Privacy Commissioner on behalf of the migrant worker who was filmed. “Federal […] The post Canada, immigration ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Supreme Court hears laptops and cell phones search and seizure case

By: BC Civil Liberties Association | Press Release: OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada will be hearing arguments on March 27, 2013 in R. v. Vu. The Court will look at whether a search warrant for documents can also allow the search and seizure of personal computers and mobile phones […] The post Supreme Court ...

Impolitical: A pattern to Jason Kenney’s online petition data mining

This story today rang a bell for me: “Jason Kenney’s office mined online petition to target message to gay Canadians.” Kenney’s office has done this before. About two years ago, I received an email from a long time reader of my blog outlining a similar email that they had received, out of the blue, from ...

Impolitical: Toews and all his eavesdropping

We have learned this week that the Canada Border Services Agency, under the leadership of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, will be seeking to audio record what travellers are saying in their cars at border crossings and in person at airports. See this report in the Toronto Star yesterday, for example. It is reported there ...

Impolitical: Harper’s extra-Parliamentary internet surveillance committee

This news is a new low in the Harper government’s ongoing debasement of Parliament’s role in Canadian democracy: In the months leading up to the introduction Bill C-30, Canada’s telecom companies worked actively with government officials to identify key issues and to develop a secret industry-government collaborative forum on lawful access. The working group includes ...