OpenMedia.ca: The Next Web: The Internet is in crisis

  Surveillance and limits to our online privacy won’t solve the security problems we have, it will create an Internet crisis.    Article by Gabe Fenigsohn for The Next Web read more

OpenMedia.ca: The Next Web: The Internet is in crisis

  Surveillance and limits to our online privacy won’t solve the security problems we have, it will create an Internet crisis.    Article by Gabe Fenigsohn for The Next Web read more

OpenMedia.ca: ICLMG: Mr. Paulson: "We have enough power to fight cybercrime"

  Our friends at the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group – CSILC​ responded to the RCMP statements about requirements of warrantless Internet subscriber information:   Article by Monia Mazigh for ICLMG read more

OpenMedia.ca: ICLMG: Mr. Paulson: "We have enough power to fight cybercrime"

  Our friends at the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group – CSILC​ responded to the RCMP statements about requirements of warrantless Internet subscriber information:   Article by Monia Mazigh for ICLMG read more

OpenMedia.ca: RCMP pushing for warrantless access to our subscriber info. Again.

In an incredibly troubling development on the Internet privacy front, this morning the RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson was quoted as saying that police require access to Internet subscriber information – without a warrant – in order to keep Canadians safe. This approach to intelligence-gathering would directly violate last year’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling (R. v Spencer), ...

OpenMedia.ca: RCMP pushing for warrantless access to our subscriber info. Again.

In an incredibly troubling development on the Internet privacy front, this morning the RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson was quoted as saying that police require access to Internet subscriber information – without a warrant – in order to keep Canadians safe. This approach to intelligence-gathering would directly violate last year’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling (R. v Spencer), ...

OpenMedia.ca: MacLeans: Craig Forcese on how our anti-terror laws make Canadians less safe

Leading privacy expert Craig Forcese: “If anything, Paris underlines the need to organize our national security apparatus in the most efficient manner possible.” Article by Evan Solomon for Macleans In the wake of the attacks in Beirut and Paris, the debate about security has become urgent. The French government has given its police new security ...

OpenMedia.ca: Arstechnica: Judge: Stingrays are “simply too powerful” without adequate oversight

Innocent citizens are inevitably and inarguably caught up in the StingRay’s dragnet – an explicit violation of our privacy rights. Here’s some positive precedent from our heighbours in the south.  Article by Cyrus Farivar for Arstechnica read more

OpenMedia.ca: Civil society groups call on Trudeau to launch full public consultation before introducing C-51 reforms

300k_c51.jpg Organizations and academic experts say that following last week’s tragic events in Paris, it’s especially important that the government consult Canadians before introducing its C-51 reform package November 20, 2015 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to listen to Canadians before bringing forward a reform package on Bill C-51. That’s the message set out ...

OpenMedia.ca: CBC: After Paris, there will be no stopping the surveillance state now

No culture of fear is going to make us sacrifice our privacy. Article by Neil Macdonald for CBC News An old acquaintance who spent years in Canada’s secret world, where he developed a you-don’t-know-the-half-of-it smile, regularly sends me taunting emails and links.   read more

OpenMedia.ca: Globe and Mail: How Bill C-51 may change under Trudeau’s government

We will not be governed by fear. We won’t let reactions and fear destroy our civil liberties. When it comes to privacy and security, we know there is a balance to be struck and we want to have that conversation. How do you think recent events in Paris will impact privacy and surveillance here in ...

OpenMedia.ca: Guardian: Intelligence agencies pounce on Paris attacks to pursue spy agenda

Sadly, it hasn’t taken long for the spy agencies to start using the Paris attacks to push their anti-privacy agenda. Here’s why we shouldn’t let fear undermine our democratic values. Article by Trevor Timm for The Guardian   Government officials are wasting no time in attempting to exploit the tragedy in Paris to pass invasive ...

OpenMedia.ca: Is the Vancouver Police Department sweeping up your cell phone data?

This morning it was announced that the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is refusing to acknowledge use of the controversial surveillance device, the StingRay. While the VPD’s statement does not confirm that this technology is in use, their refusal to deny it has sparked concern from privacy experts. read more

OpenMedia.ca: CTV: Vancouver cops mum on use of controversial surveillance technology

Here’s how the government monitors your cell phones, and keeps it secret. Article by Geordon Omand for The Canadian Press Vancouver police are refusing to disclose whether they use, or have ever considered using, a controversial mass-surveillance device widely adopted in the United States and vigorously condemned by civil liberty groups. read more

OpenMedia.ca: It’s time for Trudeau to talk with Canadians about C-51

It may be hard to believe, but we’ve been talking about Bill C-51 for almost a year now. And although the campaign against this reckless bill has been critical throughout the entire journey, we think this next step could be pivotal. That’s why we’re inviting the government to join the conversation. read more

OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: Ralph Goodale, Public Safety Minister, Says C-51 A Top Priority

This is it, folks. Key decisions on the privacy of Canadians will be made over the next few weeks. Let’s keep up the momentum and make sure we get C-51 repealed! http://om4.me/Z4v Article by The Canadian Press read more

OpenMedia.ca: CBC: Justin Trudeau’s promised overhaul of C-51 tops incoming security to-do list

The Liberals are feeling the pressure to deal with C-51. That’s why we’ve officially invited Justin Trudeau to sit down and have an open discussion about ways to better protect the privacy of Canadians. Let’s keep speaking up, Canada! KillC51.ca Article by Jim Bronskill for the CBC News read more

OpenMedia.ca: Who are the key Ministers responsible for our digital future over the next 4 years?

It’s three months to the day since Canada’s election officially started – and today, after a gruelling 11-week campaign and 2-week transition period, Canada finally has a new Prime Minister. Justin Trudeau was officially sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister earlier this morning. He also named his new Cabinet – 31 Ministers who’ll be ...

OpenMedia.ca: Star: Protect schools, homes from drones’ prying eyes, privacy czar says

What does it look like to protect privacy in the age of drones? Here’s what Canada’s Privacy Commissioner has to say: Article by Jim Bronskill for the Toronto Star OTTAWA—The federal government should consider restricting the use of small camera-equipped drones near “sensitive and protected” areas such as residential neighbourhoods, schoolyards and prisons, says the ...

OpenMedia.ca: Ottawa Citizen: Liberals mull keeping some new powers for spy service

Is Trudeau ‘just not ready’ to #KillC51? Here are the changes the Liberals have promised to make to C-51. Article by Ian Macleod for the Ottawa Citizen The Liberals are considering whether Canada’s civilian spy service should be allowed to launch missions aimed at disrupting terrorist plots and other suspected threats to national security. read more

OpenMedia.ca: Globe and Mail: The Liberals voted for Bill C-51. And now they can fix it

The committee that will hold hearings for Bill C-51 should be open to the possibility of a full repeal. In the meantime, let’s get our voices heard! Speak out and spread the word: KillC51.ca Article by the Globe and Mail The Liberal Party took a lot of heat for its support of Bill C-51 when ...

OpenMedia.ca: Toronto Star: Privacy, telecom competition among Trudeau’s tech policy priorities: Geist

Will Trudeau prioritize Canada’s digital future?  Article by Michael Geist for the Toronto Star Digital policies may not have played a significant role in the just-concluded national election, but the arrival of a majority Liberal government will leave many expecting “real change” on the digital front in the years ahead.  read more

OpenMedia.ca: Ottawa Citizen: Tory senators could disrupt plan to change anti-terror act

And another C-51 battle begins… Article by Ian Macleod for the Ottawa Citizen Liberal government changes to the Conservatives’ incendiary anti-terrorism law could face a bumpy trip through the Conservative-controlled Senate. read more

OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: CSIS Capacity Under C-51 To Work With Foreign Partners Raises Accountability Concerns

Bill C-51 grants the largely unaccountable spy service CSIS the powers to openly violate our Charter rights. Will you stand for it?  Learn more below and keep spreading the word to ‪#‎KillC51‬ KillC51.ca Article by Jim Bronskill for The Canadian Press OTTAWA– Internal government notes say the Canadian Security Intelligence Service is likely to team up with ...

OpenMedia.ca: How can we get the Liberals to be the best they can be on Bill C-51?

Canadians are still catching their breath after Monday’s remarkable election results – but already attention is turning to what the Liberals plan to do when they formally assume office in just a couple weeks. At OpenMedia, our approach is pretty simple: whoever’s in power, we’ll work to hold them to account and encourage them to ...