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Press Releases

List of our press releases, in reverse chronological order, Canada context.

Police refusal to deny use of StingRays to spy on cell phone data should trigger investigation by Privacy Commissioner

December 15, 2015Privacy
Police forces across the country appear to be violating the privacy rights of Canadians, sweeping up massive amounts of private cell phone data with the use of powerful StingRay surveillance devices.  

European Commission proposal to copyright Internet links and snippets reveals shocking disregard for how the Internet works

December 9, 2015Free Expression
Experts warn that today’s heavy-handed European Commission proposals will stifle free expression and people’s ability to share news and access information online.

Civil society groups call on Trudeau to launch full public consultation before introducing C-51 reforms

November 19, 2015Privacy
Organizations and academic experts say that following last week’s tragic events in Paris, it’s especially important that the government consult Canadians before introducing its C-51 reform package

Final TPP text threatens Internet freedom and will force Canada to overhaul copyright – but will Trudeau go along?

November 5, 2015Free Expression
Final text includes provisions to censor the Internet, rob the public domain, and force Canada to import U.S.-style copyright rules 

Litmus test for new government as Big Telecom threatens future of affordable Internet service in Canada

October 21, 2015Access
Bell Canada is calling on the new federal Cabinet to overturn pro-customer CRTC requirements to ensure Canadians can access high-speed independent providers

Canadians look to newly-elected government for action as CRTC report confirms huge year-on-year price increases for communications services

October 20, 2015Access
As monthly household telecom spending breaches the $200 mark for the first time, Canadians will be looking to incoming Liberal government for reassurance and action

WikiLeaks release of TPP Intellectual Property chapter confirms agreement threatens Canada’s Internet freedom

October 9, 2015Free Expression
Confirmed: 20-year copyright term extensions, new rules that would induce ISPs to block websites, and criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital locks

Revealed: Which party gets the worst grade for digital policies on affordable access, online privacy, and free expression?

October 7, 2015Privacy
As digital rights issues including the TPP and Bill C-51 continue to play major election role, OpenMedia publishes crowdsourced report card assessing the leading parties on policy priorities shaped by over 250,000 Canadians

Trans-Pacific Partnership countries announce agreement reached, posing serious threat to global Internet users

October 5, 2015
Largest and most secretive agreement in the world’s history covers 40% of global trade and contains provisions to censor the Internet and rob the public domain

Margaret Atwood teams up with Paul Haggis, Dan Mangan, and over 200 Canadian artists to send message to party leaders about C-51’s attack on free expression

September 29, 2015Privacy
Artists, writers, musicians, and film-makers including Mark Achbar, Hayden, Raffi, Thomas King, and John Dunsworth from the Trailer Park Boys, warn that C-51 will “silence dissenting voices” and announce “we will be voting for the repeal of C-51”