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New elections legislation fails to address privacy concerns

Bill C-76 fails to provide the necessary protections for citizens’ personal data or limit exemptions for political parties.
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The Cost of Free Expression Online for Women

"The Internet reflects and amplifies the inequalities found offline, and while the government recognizing online gendered violence as an issue is an important step, it is clearly not enough. We need a cohesive and collective strategy to tackle this problem."
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Taking your voices to the Standing Committee on National Security

On February 8th, our Executive Director, Laura Tribe testified before the Parliamentary committee reviewing Bill C-59, delivering thousands of voices and raising Canadians’ top privacy concerns.
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What Would You Ask the Parliamentary Committee Reviewing Bill C-59?

Save the date — we’ll be testifying before the Parliamentary committee reviewing Bill C-59 on February 8th, and want to know what YOU would like us to raise before the committee.
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New Year, New Fight: 2017 in review and the battle ahead for digital rights

From Net Neutrality to proposed mandatory content filtering in the EU, 2017 was a big year for Internet advocates. What's next in 2018? 
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This Holiday Season Border Agents Have Your Privacy On Their Wish List

A concerning rise in phone searches this year comes to show Canadian and U.S. law essentially see no difference between searching your suitcase and searching your cell phone or laptop.
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C-59: Taking Action to Stop the Spying

Right now, critical reforms to National Security legislation are being discussed by Parliamentary committee. But the reforms need some major fixes for our digital rights to be properly protected.
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Bill C-59: More must be done to reverse the legacy of C-51

Bill C-59, intended to address the controversial measures in Bill C-51, does not go far enough.
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Protecting encryption: our message to Five Eyes

With Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US all poised to challenge our right to encryption, we’re sending a message about what’s at stake for our privacy and security.
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National Security reforms: major step forward, but fail to tackle many of Bill C-51’s biggest problems

The government’s new National Security Act 2017 will need to be substantially strengthened as it progresses through Parliament to protect the privacy of Canadians
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Dear Editor: The UK needs strong encryption

With a new Government elected in the UK, let's make sure that digital privacy is top of mind for all MPs -- strong encryption saves lives, and we need to Save Our Security in the UK!
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Government report on National Security consultation confirms Canadians are demanding a full repeal of Bill C-51

Responding to the government’s consultation loud and clear, Canadians call for robust privacy protections.
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Home Office leak reveals secret plan to end encryption

A shocking leak reveals Home Office plans to gain real-time access to our texts AND force companies like WhatsApp to break the security on its own software.
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The government has released public input on reckless Bill C-51—here’s what’s next

Now that the government has made your Bill C-51 feedback public, we’ve got suggestions for your next steps!
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Release of security consultation submissions is a win for transparency, but litmus test will be how government responds

Submissions from 12,156 Canadians have been published online by Public Safety Canada, with remaining submissions expected to be made public in the coming weeks.
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Canada must urgently reassess data sharing with the U.S.

President Trump's elimination of Privacy Act protections for foreigners calls for the Canadian government to immediately step up and assess what the impacts are of sharing our personal information with the U.S.
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We’re calling for transparency on Bill C-51

Over 30 civil society organizations and experts have signed a joint letter calling on the government to restore trust in the commitment to respond to Canadians’ concerns over mass surveillance
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Join the #YourNatlSec twitter chat and tell Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale Canadians want privacy reforms

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is asking for your feedback in an online discussion – let’s make sure we speak out!
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This week’s C-51 hearings may have been flawed, but we made sure your message was heard loud and clear

As the public hearings on the unpopular Bill C-51 culminate in Halifax tonight, let’s look back at how the consultations unfolded throughout the week, and where we go next.

Video Preview of tonight’s C-51 Public Hearings in Vancouver

Here's our David Christopher with a preview of tonight's C-51 public consultations in Vancouver. Our Executive Director Laura Tribe will be testifying on behalf of Canadians who want to see this legislation repealed.
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C-51 hearings are happening coast-to-coast next week: and we need you to show up and speak out!

It’s important that MPs hear from thousands of Canadians that we need to repeal C-51 and secure strong privacy rules to keep us safe.
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Despite flaws, the government’s security consultation finally gives us a real chance to repeal Bill C-51

A long-awaited public consultation on national security is finally here and although it is not as focused towards public concerns, we must make the best of it. 
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Our Best Chance to Repeal Bill C-51 is Officially Here

An overdue promise has become a reality and we need everyone on board to ensure all Canadians can experience privacy and security online.
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The open letter every Netflix user needs to read

We've written to Netflix's Reed Hastings to ask him to stop blocking privacy-conscious VPN users
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Privacy groups call on Obama to reject anti-encryption legislation

This morning OpenMedia joined 36 other NGOs, academics, and companies in sending a letter to President Obama on encryption. The letter calls on the President “to respectfully request that the White House specifically oppose legislation to undermine security and reiterate the need for a broad statement of support for encryption from the administration.”  It has been 167 days since a pro-encryption petition at SaveCrypto.org surpassed 100,000 signatures, and there has still been no substantive response from the president. Encryption is a critical tool for protecting our privacy and security online, and cannot afford to be compromised. Read the full letter below.
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It’s time for Canada to hold its spy agencies accountable with new framework for oversight and review

OpenMedia has joined civil society organizations from across Canada in a letter to Minister Ralph Goodale about what’s needed to fix our currently deficient oversight model for our spy agencies.
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Dear world leaders: We need you to stand up for encryption

We’ve joined with our friends at Access Now in a new global initiative to defend strong encryption.
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Kent Roach & Craig Forcese: Press the reset button on security

The ongoing work of Professors Kent Roach and Craig Forcese on C-51 provides the most exhaustive analysis of the bill and is a must-read for anyone concerned with the issue. Article by Kent Roach and Craig Forcese for the National Post Security issues are a campaign issue — at least we think they are. To date, little has actually been said on the topic, and what has been said amounts to the parties doubling down on entrenched and vague (even symbolic) positions.
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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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