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OpenMedia.ca: 900 Social Insurance Numbers stolen due to Heartbleed, breaches of private citizen data affecting over 725,000 of us; OpenMedia.ca available to comment

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Canadians deserve answers from the government about what it’s doing to keep our private data secure, says community-based group working to protect the privacy of all Canadians

The Canada Revenue Agency has revealed that the Heartbleed bug has made over 900 Social Insurance Numbers in CRA databases vulnerable to cyber criminals, including those who wish to engage in identity theft.

Heartbleed is a bug in software called OpenSSL that is used to secure data for popular web services that Canadians use everyday. The bug means that cyber criminals could have access to our passwords and other sensitive information.

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OpenMedia.ca: Digital Privacy Act does almost nothing to tackle central privacy concern for Canadians: reckless and expensive government surveillance

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Incoherent for government to advance protections on commercial privacy, while at same time advancing Bill C-13 which would throw door open to widespread government surveillance of law-abiding Canadians

April 7, 2014 – This morning Industry Minister Moore tabled a new Digital Privacy Act in the Senate. The proposed legislation focuses on commercial privacy issues and will update the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

According to OpenMedia.ca, this legislation, while welcome, does almost nothing to tackle the serious problem of ongoing government surveillance against law-abiding Canadians. OpenMedia.ca is leading a sustained, nationwide coalition against (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Illegal Spying: Class action lawsuit filed against Canada’s electronic spy agency

by: BC Civil Liberties Association | Press Release | April 1, 2014

VANCOUVER – Today, lawyers for the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) filed a proposed national class action lawsuit on behalf of Canadians whose private communications and metadata information has been collected by the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) in a manner that violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The proposed class action statement of claim, filed today in Federal Court, is a companion case to the claim filed by the BCCLA in the B.C. Supreme Court in October of 2013. If the BCCLA’s original lawsuit (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Government’s digital strategy leaves Canada stuck in the slow lane – fails to tackle stark digital divide and national digital deficit

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Canadians deserve so much more than just warmed-up leftovers from previous government announcements: new strategy means Canada will likely fall even further behind its global counterparts on Internet affordability, access, and speed

April 4, 2014 – The government’s long-awaited new digital strategy announced this morning will disappoint Canadians who had been hoping for bold moves to tackle our national digital deficit and stark digital divide. That’s according to community-based OpenMedia.ca, which has spent years campaigning for all Canadians to have affordable, world class Internet access.

Many of the measures announced by Industry Minister James Moore today, while (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Expert report reveals Internet providers should be more transparent about how they handle our private information

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Report lifts the curtain on how Internet providers protect privacy, giving Canadians an at-a-glance tool to rate their provider’s transparency compared with others

March 27, 2014 – A new report by leading privacy experts has revealed that Canadian Internet providers need to be much more transparent about how they protect their customers’ private information.

The report found that while all providers had room for improvement, smaller independent providers tend to be more transparent overall than their larger counterparts. Smaller providers also got credit for being more transparent about their user privacy protection and for more visibly keeping domestic (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: With Canada plummeting in Internet world rankings, Canadians tell Minister Moore not to squander our $5.2bn Digital Endowment

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Government should invest digital windfall from sale of public spectrum assets into tackling Canada’s national digital deficit and growing digital divide

March 26, 2014 – Canada has a unique opportunity to tackle its growing digital divide – but the government must take action to ensure this chance isn’t squandered. That’s according to community-based OpenMedia.ca, which is launching a new campaign urging the government to invest funds from its recent sale of public spectrum assets into ensuring all Canadians have independent access to high-speed, world-class Internet.

The campaign is being launched just seven days before the government receives (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Parliament resumes debate on Online Spying Bill that provides immunity for telecom companies who are helping authorities spy on Canadians without a warrant

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Government trying to smuggle through unpopular online spying measures that would grant immunity to telecom providers that hand over private information without a warrant

March 26, 2014 – Legislation being debated by Parliament today would enable a range of government authorities access to the private lives of millions of law-abiding Canadians. It would also grant immunity to telecom providers who hand over their customers’ private information to authorities without a warrant. That’s according to legal experts consulted by OpenMedia.ca, which is leading a nationwide campaign against the proposed legislation.

Over 65 pages of Bill C-13 were lifted (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Majority of Canadians Oppose Harper’s “Unfair Elections Act”: POLL

by: Council of Canadians | Press Release

A new poll released today shows that a majority of Canadians oppose central features of the so-called “Fair” Elections Act, known as Bill C-23.

The provisions in the Unfair Elections Act that would eliminate the voucher system, prevent Elections Canada from publicly reporting on election fraud, and cancel Elections Canada’s research and public education programs received the most significant opposition. The poll was jointly commissioned by the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Federation of Students, and LeadNow.ca.

Seventy per cent of respondents said that the act’s elimination of Elections Canada’s ability to (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Wireless price hike underlines government’s failure to deliver its promise to lower rates and rein in high-cost Big Telecom giants

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Urgent government action required to open networks to ensure Canadians have affordable alternatives to the Big Three providers

MARCH 18, 2014 – Canadians will be paying even more for wireless service, following a hefty $5 price increase that was quietly announced by telecom giants Bell and Rogers over the weekend. Telus has also recently raised its rates by $5. Community-based OpenMedia.ca, which is leading a sustained 70,000-strong campaign to lower prices and improve choice, says Big Telecom’s price hike underlines the government’s failure to deliver on its well-publicized promise to deliver lower wireless rates for Canadians.

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The Canadian Progressive: Rights groups demand independent oversight of federal agency CBSA

by: BC Civil Liberties Association | Press Release

Public inquiry recommended oversight in 2006 – no action since that time

The BC Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers today called on the government to end its long inaction on the need for an independent and effective complaints and monitoring mechanism for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The Maher Arar judicial inquiry recommended that CBSA’s national security activities be subjected to independent review in 2006. The federal government has failed to act on this recommendation.

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OpenMedia.ca: Hard-hitting video released that highlights how Peter MacKay’s online spying legislation would let a range of government officials spy on law-abiding Canadians without oversight

Canadians have come together from across the political spectrum to denounce Bill C-13, which would give a range of authorities access to the private lives of Canadians without a warrant

March 5, 2014 – The government’s online spying legislation, Bill C-13, will allow authorities access to the private lives of millions of law-abiding Canadians, even if they’re not suspected of wrong-doing. That’s the message of a hard-hitting viral video launched today by community-based OpenMedia.ca, which is spearheading a nationwide campaign against the spying bill.

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The Canadian Progressive: Loretta Saunders: Unifor calls for justice for all missing and murdered aboriginal women

by: UNIFOR | Press Release

HALIFAX, Feb. 27, 2014 – Unifor members across the country were devastated to hear the news late yesterday afternoon that police had discovered the remains of Loretta Saunders near the Trans-Canada highway inNew Brunswick.

“This is a terrible loss, and our thoughts are with her family, friends, and community,” said Unifor National PresidentJerry Dias.

Saunders, an Inuk young woman originally from Labrador, was a criminology student working on a thesis about murdered and missing aboriginal women in Canada, and Nova Scotia in particular. After learning of her disappearance, her supervisor released a statement about the depth and passion of her work, as (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Quebecor entry a positive development but more action required to stop cell phone price-gouging after Big Three gobble up most of key spectrum assets

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Government must ensure more choice to save Canadians from price-gouging and disrespectful customer service

FEBRUARY 19, 2014 – Responding to today’s announcement of the results of a crucial auction of Canadian wireless resources, OpenMedia.ca is saying the prospect of new providers in some markets is a positive development but the government must do more to follow through on its promise to fix our dysfunctional cell phone market.

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OpenMedia.ca: Federal budget investment in rural broadband welcome but it must not be used to entrench Big Telecom’s poor service

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Community-based OpenMedia.ca says $2bn investment and open access requirements needed to ensure rural Canadians have quality Internet service independent of the high costs and slow speeds offered by Canada’s Big Telecom giants

FEBRUARY 11, 2014 – Today’s announcement of $305m over 5 years in new government investment to improve rural broadband service is a welcome start, but more action is required to tackle the high prices and poor service faced by rural Canadians. That’s according to community-based OpenMedia.ca, which says $2 billion and open access requirements are needed to build an alternative to the slow and (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Huge Coalition unites to demand end to Spy Agency Cash Grab – MPs should stop wasting billions spying on law-abiding Canadians

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Budget Day Action will urge MPs to side with taxpayers against CSEC waste; group warns spying on innocent Canadians hurts democracy at home and Canada’s reputation abroad

February 11, 2014 – Over 50 major organizations and tens of thousands of Canadians are uniting today behind a new campaign to tell MPs to stop wasting billions on Canada’s hugely expensive online spying apparatus. The campaign is part of a worldwide day of action – the Day We Fight Back – against online spying and is being launched on federal Budget Day. It is expected that MPs will be asked (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia.ca joins with BC FIPA and CIPPIC to call for senior intelingence officials testify under oath at Monday Senate hearing

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Call comes in response to shocking revelation that CSEC spied and tracked movements of thousands of Canadian air travellers

January 30, 2014 – CSEC and other senior intelligence officials should testify under oath, at an important Senate committee hearing on Monday afternoon. That’s according to OpenMedia.ca, the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (BC FIPA), and the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), who have sent a letter making the request to Senate officials.

The call comes in response last night’s shocking revelations that CSEC is monitoring travellers within Canada, and other instances (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia.ca joins with BC FIPA and CIPPIC to call for senior intelingence officials testify under oath at Monday Senate hearing

Call comes in response to shocking revelation that CSEC spied and tracked movements of thousands of Canadian air travellers

January 30, 2014 – CSEC and other senior intelligence officials should testify under oath, at an important Senate committee hearing on Monday afternoon. That’s according to OpenMedia.ca, the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (BC FIPA), and the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), who have sent a letter making the request to Senate officials.

The call comes in response last night’s shocking revelations that CSEC is monitoring travellers within Canada, and other instances of intelligence (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Thousands of innocent Canadian air travellers monitored and spied on by the government – full independent inquiry urgently needed, says OpenMedia.ca

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OpenMedia.ca says Canadians deserve a transparent independent investigation and total overhaul of failed government spy agency CSEC’s oversight, following confirmation that the agency has been monitoring and tracking the precise movements of thousands of Canadians without cause

January 30, 2014 – Thousands of law-abiding Canadian air travellers had their private information spied on, and their movements monitored, by government spy agency CSEC. This stunning development, revealed by CBC News tonight, is sparking calls from community-based OpenMedia.ca for a thorough, transparent, independent investigation, and a total overhaul of failed CSEC oversight measures.

The revelations appear to (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Competition Bureau confirms Big Three blocking Canadians from affordable wireless options

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Competition Bureau submission amounts to independent confirmation that the Big Three telecom giants are using their power and control to block Canadians from independent wireless options.

Responding to today’s Competition Bureau submission to the CRTC consultation on domestic wireless roaming rates, OpenMedia.ca Executive Director Steve Anderson said:

“Today’s Competition Bureau submission amounts to independent confirmation that the Big Three telecom giants are using their power and control to block Canadians from independent wireless options. This is keeping prices ridiculously high and holding back our economy and our country.”

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OpenMedia.ca: Government must act immediately to implement Privacy Commissioner’s new recommendations to safeguard Canadians’ privacy from spy agency CSEC

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Government should immediately implement Privacy Commissioner’s report as step toward greater spy agency transparency and accountability, says OpenMedia.ca

January 28, 2014 – This morning’s Federal Privacy Commissioner’s report contains welcome new recommendations to help safeguard Canadians’ privacy from rampant online spying.

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OpenMedia.ca: Leading Canadian surveillance expert Ron Deibert to speak at UBC event in Vancouver amidst growing privacy concerns

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Professor Ron Deibert, now a best-selling author, has long track record of sounding alarm about blanket government surveillance of law-abiding citizens.

January 22, 2014 – Professor Ron Deibert, one of Canada and the world’s leading government surveillance experts, will be speaking at an event at Green College, University of British Columbia this Thursday January 23rd. Community-based OpenMedia.ca is a co-sponsor of the event, which has been organized by the Creative Writing Program and Green College at UBC. The event takes place at 5pm on January 23rd at Cecil Green Park House, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road, UBC, (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Privacy Experts ask telecoms if they are helping the government spy on Canadians

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Academic researchers and civil liberties groups send detailed request aimed at revealing full extent of government spying on Canadians through telecom providers

January 22, 2014 – A group of leading privacy experts and advocates have sent major Canadian telecom firms a letter requesting detailed information about the extent to which they pass on their customers’ private information to government officials.

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OpenMedia.ca: As Big Three aim to consolidate telecom dominance, Canadians come together to discuss new solutions to build a more ‘Connected Canada’

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Citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca is organizing a series of events across Canada to ensure the CRTC puts Canadians first when it comes to key digital policy decisions

January 16, 2014 – On the heels of independent provider Wind’s shocking withdrawal from a crucial auction of wireless assets, OpenMedia.ca is pushing back against the dominance of a few big telecom companies by organizing a series of citizen-led events across Canada.

In 2014 regulators at the CRTC are set to make a series of key decisions that will affect the access and affordability of digital services. OpenMedia.ca is (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Last remaining national indie cell phone provider withdraws from crucial auction for wireless infrastructure, signalling consolidation of stranglehold by the Big Three

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Wind Mobile has announced it will not participate in tomorrow’s wireless auction of assets crucial to the future of cell phone service in Canada. The move could spell the end to national independent cell phone service in Canada if government does not act.

JANUARY 13, 2014 – Responding to Wind’s just-announced withdrawal from a crucial auction of Canadian wireless resources starting tomorrow, OpenMedia.ca is saying that while Industry Minister James Moore has made positive steps in recent months it appears now to have been to

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OpenMedia.ca: 2015 spectrum auction rules include welcome steps but more action required to ensure Canadians can access affordable, independent wireless options

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Industry Minister James Moore’s announcement contains positive steps but will leave Canadians disappointed at insufficient support for much-needed affordable options

January 10th, 2013 – Rules announced by Industry Canada this morning for a 2015 auction of vital wireless resources include positive steps but don’t go far enough to ensure greater wireless choice for Canadians. That’s according to citizen-backed OpenMedia.ca, which is leading a sustained 70,000-strong nationwide campaign to demand lower prices and authentic wireless choice in Canada’s broken wireless market.

This morning, Industry Minister James Moore announced that an auction for vital 2500 MHz wireless spectrum will (Read more…)