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OpenMedia.ca: Georgia Straight: OpenMedia encourages voters to consider policies around access, privacy in federal election

Check out this amazing coverage of our pro-Internet election plan on The Georgia Straight! The Internet is something we shouldn’t take for granted. We should take action to have our democratic rights as citizens, to make sure it stays open, accessible and free for everyone. This election, vote for the Internet! OurDigitalFuture.ca

Article by Stephen Hui for the Georgia Straight 

Stephen Harper’s Conservative government represents a “lost 10 years” for the Internet in Canada, according to a digital-rights advocate.

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OpenMedia.ca: Vice: Canadian Cops Want to Search Your Mail

Update: The RCMP is now going after your mail.

Article by Justin Ling for Vice

With a federal election in its home stretch, Canada’s chiefs of police have issued a wish list of investigative powers they are hoping that the country’s next prime minister can deliver — everything from allowing them to search Canadians’ mail, to pulling back the curtain on anonymity online.

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OpenMedia.ca: Common Sense Canadian: Why privacy matters in this Canadian election

Most Canadians do not want to give up their privacy rights. This election, will you vote for online privacy? Pledge your vote at OurDigitalFuture.ca

Article by Kevin Grandia for Common Sense Canadian 

While you are out this weekend enjoying the last days of summer on the beach and the RCMP come by to check whether your cooler is full of (gasp) beer or wine, you have every right to tell them (I would suggest politely) that no, they cannot look in your cooler.

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The Canadian Progressive: Ashley Madison’s misguided attempts to put the genie back in the bottle

Ashley Madison’s use of DMCA takedown notices to social media platforms in an attempt to stop the dissemination of the site users’ hacked personal information “may violate the DMCA itself,” argues Mitch Stoltz, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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OpenMedia.ca: National NewsWatch: Police demand access to your online records without a warrant

Article by Jim Bronksill for the Canadian Press

OTTAWA – A new administrative scheme that would allow police to obtain basic information about Internet subscribers without a warrant is one option being considered by federal officials following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that curbed access to such data, Canadian police chiefs say.

The glimpse into federal deliberations about how to address the highly influential court decision comes in a newly published background document from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, which is urging the government to fill the legislative gap.

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OpenMedia.ca: Prince George Citizen: C-51 opponent Sheldon Clare discusses his candidacy in Cariboo-Prince George

Gun lobbyists and conservative Sheldon Clarke also opposes C-51. Speak out now to get this legislation repealed at KillC51.ca

Article by Charelle Evelyn for the Prince George Citizen

Sheldon Clare touted himself as a “hardware-store conservative” on Tuesday in announcing his run as an independent candidate for Cariboo-Prince George in October’s federal election.

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OpenMedia.ca: We have our winners! And the prizes go to…

After some serious campaigning from our incredible OpenMedia community, the “Great Canadian Petition Drive to Kill C-51” is complete — and we have our top spots!

Congratulations to our top three leaders, each taking home an awesome pro-privacy prize pack:

Ben Kendrick

David Butz

Peter Benton

Ben Kendrick took a strong lead in this competition right from the start, eventually taking the proverbial cake with an astonishing number of shares — well over 1000, and still counting!

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OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: Trudeau On Bill C-51 Stance: ‘Perhaps It Was Naive’

No Kidding! So, what are you going to do about it now?- call him to change his tune at KillC51.ca

Article by Althia Raj for the Huffington Post

TORONTO — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau acknowledged Thursday that his position on the Conservative’s anti-terrorism Bill C-51 may have been “naive.”

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OpenMedia.ca: CTV: File breach at electronic spy agency prompts mandatory privacy training

This is the agency our government is telling us to “just trust” with our secrets?

Article by Jim Bronskill for CTV News

OTTAWA – Canada’s electronic spy agency introduced mandatory privacy awareness training for all employees in March following an internal breach involving personal information.

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OpenMedia.ca: Toronto Star: Canada’s electronic spy agency fears threat of informed public

Video by the Toronto Star

The Communications Security Establishment seems to view an informed public as its adversary Until that changes, we should probably view the CSE as ours.

OpenMedia.ca: Toronto Star: CJFE and CCLA start constitutional challenge to C-51

We believe C-51 will not stand up to judicial scrutiny, and support all efforts to undo this unjust law. This is only one of many challenges that this reckless, dangerous and ineffective legislation is certain to face, unless politicians listen to the calls of almost 300,000 Canadians who have spoken out at KillC51.ca, calling for C-51 to be repealed in its entirety. Speak out now –> KillC51.ca

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OpenMedia.ca: iPolitics: Time for Trudeau to lay his anti-terror cards on the table

Less than 100 days away from the election, this debate is already having a major impact on the opinion polls – and any party leader who wants to be the next PM had better get onside with what Canadians want. Speak out now to get C-51 repealed at KillC51.ca

Article by Steve Sullivan for iPolitics

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OpenMedia.ca: Tyee: TPP Deal Puts BC’s Privacy Laws in the Crosshairs

The TPP would render B.C. privacy laws useless. Speak out now to repeal this secretive, Internet-censoring deal at StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by Scott Sinclair for The Tyee

British Columbia’s privacy laws are in the crosshairs of the nearly completed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. If you’re wondering what the heck data privacy protections have to do with trade, you’re not alone. Public awareness of the far-reaching, 12-country negotiation is scant, with polls showing three-quarters of Canadians have never even heard of the TPP. 

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OpenMedia.ca: Geist: The real deal about the TPP’s implications for the rights of Canadians

The TPP threatens Canada’s privacy, copyright and patent laws. Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by Michael Geist for the Toronto Star

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed trade agreement that encompasses nearly 40 per cent of world GDP, heads to Hawaii later this month for ministerial-level negotiations. 

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OpenMedia.ca: Toronto Star: Misdialed fax number lead to privacy breach

A privacy breach is obviously a dangerous thing, but it becomes very strange when it comes form a fax machine. Is this the way we send secure documents?

Article by Richard J. Brennan for the Toronto Star

The Liberal government is blaming a misdialed fax machine for a privacy breach affecting hundreds of Ontario Disability Support Program recipients.

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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- tcnorris highlights how the Cons’ gratuitous cuts are undermining their hopes of staying in power. And Eric Pineault discusses the costs of austerity for Quebec in particular and Canada as a whole: (C)utting into spending slows down growth and keeps the economy in a stagnation trap. The resulting underemployment equilibrium puts a lot pressure on household revenues just as those same households are getting into debt. We are thus faced with a second paradox: in a stagnating economy, trying to use austerity to reduce public debt also translates into an increased burden of (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Globe and Mail: Trudeau’s support of Bill C-51 weakened the Liberal party

Bill C-51 is so unpopular that is having a mayor role in the electoral campaign. No matter who wins, this reckless bill should be repealed. Speak out now at KillC51.ca

Article by Jane Taber for The Globe and Mail

John Fenik is the Mayor of Perth, a picturesque community just southwest of Ottawa. A card-carrying Liberal for more than a decade, Mr. Fenik turned in his membership card a couple of months ago, and is now the NDP candidate for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, one of the bluest Tory ridings in the country.

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OpenMedia.ca: The Inquirer: ICANN’s plan to end online anonymity would radically undermine Internet privacy

  ICANN​ plans to end online anonymity could undermine the privacy of almost anyone who purchases a domain name. At OpenMedia we believe privacy is a fundamental human right, and one that the Internet should safeguard and protect, rather than undermine.

Article by Carly Page for The Inquirer

DIGITAL RIGHTS ADVOCATES have written a scathing open letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), describing its plan to end online anonymity as harmful to privacy and safety. 

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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- The Broadbent Institute details Rhys Kesselman’s research on how the Cons’ expanded TFSAs are nothing but a giveaway to the wealthy. And Dean Beeby reports on their withholding of EI supplements from the families who most need them – paired with a complete lack of responsibility or contrition now that the problem has been discovered.

- Matt Saccaro discusses the widespread burnout among U.S. workers as huge increases in hours worked and productivity have done nothing to improve wages or living conditions over a period of decades. And Bill Tieleman slams (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Is This a Battle We’ve Already Lost Without Knowing It?

Okay they’re listening and I’ve unwittingly let them in my house.

We were somewhat troubled to learn, several years ago, that certain game consoles had cameras that could allow others to watch what people were doing without them knowing of it.

Now I might have fallen for something along the same lines.  I’ve developed a heart issue that is somewhat sleep related.  I read about this fitness tracker plus thingee offered by Jawbone, the UP3, that has additional sensors that monitor, record and report things such as resting heart rate and detailed sleep data according to light, deep and REM (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Geist: Another bill that will reshape Canada’s privacy law

More bad news for Canadians. 

Article by Michael Geist for the Toronto Star

A budget implementation bill is an unlikely — and many would say inappropriate — place to make major changes to Canadian privacy law. Yet Bill C-59, the government’s 158-page bill that is set to sweep through the House of Commons, does just that. 

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OpenMedia.ca: Kill Bill C-51

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Highlight Link:  https://KillC51.ca

The Canadian Progressive: #StopC51: Ottawa to host massive protest against Harper’s Bill C-51

On Saturday, May 30, Ottawa will host what’s likely to be a game-changing protest against Bill C-51, PM Stephen Harper’s “secret police” legislation.

The post #StopC51: Ottawa to host massive protest against Harper’s Bill C-51 appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: When Giving Up Your Privacy is Part of the Job Description

Caregivers have very little privacy.  We leave the bathroom door open so we can hear our loved ones if they call.  The clinic calls just as we’ve poured our tea and sat down with the newspaper. A home care worker arrives to give us respite and complains about the dishes in the sink.  Later, a social worker arrives and enquires about our spousal relations.  Giving up some privacy is necessary for caregivers sometimes, but we don’t have to give it all away.  Preserving a bit of privacy means keeping a personal part of ourselves intact, with dignity.

So, where can (Read more…)