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Montreal Simon: Bill C-51: The Cons Turn the Committee Hearings Into a Star Chamber

Well as could have been predicted, the committee hearings into Stephen Harper's totalitarian Bill C-51 are turning into a sinister spectacle.With a little bit of Orwell, and a little bit of Kafka.The Kafka part being that although the bill would give the security forces massive powers to invade our privacy, on a scale never . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Bill C-51: The Cons Turn the Committee Hearings Into a Star Chamber

The Disaffected Lib: Even Christy Clark Gets It.

British Columbia premier, Christy Clark, thinks Harper’s new security legislation, Bill C-51, is dangerous.  Clark warns Canadians could come to regret the freedoms taken away by Harper’s proposed legislation.

“We should be very careful in Canada, in a country where so many people have sacrificed their lives to preserve our freedoms, to make sure . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Even Christy Clark Gets It.

The Canadian Progressive: RCMP stonewalled requests for subscriber data collected

U of Ottawa professor and Internet law expert, Michael Geist, on the RCMP’s “inaccurate and incomplete” response to requests for telecom subscriber data collected.

The post RCMP stonewalled requests for subscriber data collected appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Online Surveillance Bill C‐13 Reveals “Canada’s Growing Privacy Deficit”

by: Obert Madondo | June 8, 2014

Canada’s privacy experts are gravely concerned about Bill C-13, the Conservatives’ Orwellian cybercrime bill, deceptively named “Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act“.

Last week, over 30 of them expressed their concern in a scathing letter addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The signatories also told Harper that, Daniel . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Online Surveillance Bill C‐13 Reveals “Canada’s Growing Privacy Deficit”

Politics and its Discontents: Digital Peeping Toms: They Don’t Even Bother To Hide Anymore

That is certainly the conclusion I drew after reading this morning’s latest Star revelation about our overlords in Ottawa. Entitled Ottawa is ‘creeping’ your Facebook, the article by Alex Boutilier reveals yet more unwholesome intrusions into our privacy being conducted by the Harper regime.

In a January report to Parliament, interim privacy commissioner Chantal . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Digital Peeping Toms: They Don’t Even Bother To Hide Anymore

Susan on the Soapbox: The Buck Stops Here — Privacy 101 for Minister Horne — A guest blog by lawyer Brian Thiessen

Susan on the Soapbox welcomes her first guest blogger.

Employment and privacy lawyer Brian Thiessen has a few words to say about a privacy breach that impacts 620,000 Albertans. The title says it all.

The Buck Stops Here–Privacy 101 for Minister Horne–Incompetence is not a defence

Like most Albertans, I have been reading, . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Buck Stops Here — Privacy 101 for Minister Horne — A guest blog by lawyer Brian Thiessen

The Canadian Progressive: FINTRAC collecting personal banking information of innocent Canadians

Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart accuses FINTRAC of collecting the personal banking information of thousands of innocent Canadians.

The post FINTRAC collecting personal banking information of innocent Canadians appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

calgaryliberal.com: Redford Tories’ War with Teachers: It’s About Caucus Politics

The Progressive Conservatives are preparing for a multi-year battle with the teachers of Alberta. With rhetoric such as “protect the classroom” (implying that teachers are working against teaching and children) and firing off emails to thousands of teachers in likely breach of privacy laws (which is currently being investigated by the Privacy Commissioner), it’s obvious. . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Redford Tories’ War with Teachers: It’s About Caucus Politics

bastard.logic: The War Comes Home

900ftJesus has some important questions for the Privacy Commissioner re: the new Harpercon plan to randomly audit EI clients for *gasp* fraud, via taxpayer-subsidized bureaucratic fishing expeditions (House calls? REALLY?):

What information are federal employees told to gather through house visits?

How is this information gathered? (silent observation, questions, questioning and/or observing people other . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: The War Comes Home

bastard.logic: The War Comes Home

900ftJesus has some important questions for the Privacy Commissioner re: the new Harpercon plan to randomly audit EI clients for *gasp* fraud, via taxpayer-subsidized bureaucratic fishing expeditions (House calls? REALLY?):

What information are federal employees told to gather through house visits?

How is this information gathered? (silent observation, questions, questioning and/or observing people other . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: The War Comes Home

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 . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Toews and all his eavesdropping