The RCMP has been tracking our phones for years. What can we do about it?
Despite nearly 20 years of use, still no final policy on RCMP mass surveillance devices.
The Liberals promised to reform Bill C-51. What happened?
What happened to the Liberals' promise to reform the infamous, anti-terror legislation Bill C-51 and where do we go next?
C-59: A promise not kept
The government has stopped far short of their commitment to truly listen to people in Canada and stop the outrageous privacy violations of the notorious spying bill known as Bill C-51. But it doesn’t stop here.
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.
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.
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.
Canada introduces Bill S-231 to protect whistleblowers and journalists’ confidential sources
Canada has finally taken a major step towards standing up for media rights.
Here’s how our new #BorderWrites tool will get your Member of Congress to rethink Border Privacy
Our new tool will let you send a letter to be featured in newspapers all across the nation — a mass message on border privacy Members of Congress simply cannot ignore.
Stingrays spying in Ottawa! Have you cc’d Goodale yet?
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s response to Ottawa’s Stingray scandal has been woefully inadequate for Canadian privacy. We need a stronger plan to #StopStingrays — and this is where you come in, OpenMedia community.
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
Secure yourself in under 5 minutes: A quick and easy guide for staying safe at protests and rallies
TL;DR Going to a protest? Do this: 1 - put a password on your phone, 2 - protect your accounts with strong passwords, 3 - encrypt your texts and call
Bill C-51: Canadians won’t accept tinkering at the margins
Our own Victoria Henry argues that Canadians deserve better than Bill C-51 - we deserve our privacy back.
And this is why we need to repeal C-51: Federal Court judgement slams CSIS for violating privacy rights of Canadians
Today’s ruling reinforces the case for a full repeal of Bill C-51 and for stronger accountability and oversight mechanisms
Motherboard reveals that RCMP have been using Stingray devices extensively while indefinitely storing sensitive information on innocent Canadians
Today it was revealed by Motherboard that the RCMP have been extensively using Stingray devices in Canada for the past decade, scooping up the sensitive information of thousands of innocent Canadians in the process.
Revelations of CSE sharing metadata with NSA for years underlines need for far tighter oversight
Information handed over to the NSA and other foreign agencies can reveal the most intimate details of a Canadian’s private life.
Stingrays: Canadian law enforcement’s worst-kept secret
It's time for an informed debate about the use of these spying tools -- and for that we need transparency from police.
Adopting the UK model won’t be enough for Ralph Goodale to address Canada’s spy oversight woes
Minister Goodale’s plan to adopt the UK’s model of spy agency oversight leaves a lot of key questions unanswered.
What’s all the fuss about the U.K.’s Investigatory Powers Bill?
The U.K.'s current Investigatory Powers Bill fails to successfully address the negative publicity surrounding mass surveillance, in fact it's doing quite the opposite. Here's why.
Knee-deep in surveillance: Bill C-51’s unhappy birthday
As Canada marks one year since the introduction of Bill C-51, our Laura Tribe examines where we're at, and the prospects for repealing this controversial bill.
Halt to CSE sharing of metadata is welcome, but comes too late for Canadians whose privacy has already been compromised
Canadian intelligence agency CSE announced they will stop sharing metadata with foreign intelligence agencies after revelations that shared information was not being sufficiently protected. But our privacy rights must come before the intelligence needs of foreign spy agencies.
Why does Canada’s government want to creep on our social media feeds?
Canada's military wants to spy on the world's social media output - and Canadians are sure to be trapped in the dragnet.
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.
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.
The Register: Canadians taking to spying on their spies
The Internet has changed Canadian politics. Issues like C-51 simply don't go away. This election is our best chance to repeal C-51, pledge your vote at OurDigitalFuture.ca Article by Trevor Pott for The Register Comment As Canadians settle in for the longest general election campaign since 1867, some uncomfortable incidents that had been ignored by commercial media outlets are gaining new exposure.
CBC: CSIS secrecy hampers complaints and accountability
CBC Radio's The Current discusses the BCCLA/Dogwood challenge against CSIS. Will we ever get to the truth of what did or did not happen? Join us and sign the pledge at https://bccla.org/dont-spy-on-me/ Article by CBC Radio Dogwood BC is an environmental advocacy group in British Columbia. Its members have campaigned against the Northern Gateway Pipeline, in addition to other causes.
CBC: Great to See Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien welcoming our community’s Privacy Plan
Check out this great media coverage of our Privacy Plan, a crowdsourced plan to fix Canada's privacy deficit. Over 125,000 took part in this process and we're happy to know your views on privacy have been endorsed by Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien. You can read the complete plan here: https://PrivacyPlan.ca/ Article by Kady O'Malley for CBC News
Conservative MP Laurie Hawn attacks Canadian Businesses that raised concerns about Bill C-51
Wow -- this is how Conservative MP Laurie Hawn responded to the now 140+ businesses who have raised concerns in a letter published by the National Post about reckless spying Bill C-51:"[They] should seriously reconsider their business model and their lack of commitment to the values that bind us as Canadians". Keep in mind that the list of signatories includes the founder of the largest software company in Canada. In fact the list of signatories runs the gamut from local bakeries, to property developers, to venture capitalists. It’s amazingly unbecoming of a public office holder like Laurie Hawn to question the loyalty to Canada of these business people from across the country.
LAST CHANCE: Just 24 hours to tell your MP to #RejectFear and #StopC51
This is it folks - there are now just 24 hours before tomorrow’s FINAL House of Commons vote on Bill C-51. That’s right – there are just hours left to tell your MP to vote against this reckless Bill that will endanger our rights, turn CSIS into a secret police force, and make us all less safe. As the clock ticks down, we need to pull out all the stops to tell MPs to side with Canadians, do the right thing, and vote against this reckless, dangerous, and ineffective legislation.
Canadians are using our letter tool to spread the word about privacy
Canadians are using our new letter tool to send decision-makers a hard-hitting message about privacy. Check out this great letter by Blake Moorcroft just published in the Windsor Star. And try out our tool at https://openmedia.ca/letter Re: Probe at cyberspy agency CSEC uncovers wrongdoing, ethics breaches, The Canadian Press, March 16. The latest word on CSEC, as reported by the CBC, should make people start to wake up and wonder just exactly what is going on with our government.
CBC: Investigation into CSEC finds serious breaches of ethics and misuse of public assets
Spy agency CSEC's troubles go from bad to worse after an official review finds serious breaches of ethics and misuse of public funds. An investigation at Canada's secretive eavesdropping agency has uncovered misuse of public assets and "serious breaches" of the spy outfit's values and ethics code. The findings, prompted by confidential information from a whistleblower, led Communications Security Establishment Canada to revise policy, improve training and boost oversight.
The Ryan and Amy Show tackles surveillance issues with a catchy music video
Check out this great video by The Ryan and Amy Show. Do you always feel like somebody's watching you too? You can learn more about Canada's largest pro-privacy coalition at https://OurPrivacy.ca
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