Press Releases

List of our press releases, in reverse chronological order.

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

Free Expression pillar Canada December 15th, 2015
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. 
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European Commission proposal to copyright Internet links and snippets reveals shocking disregard for how the Internet works

Privacy pillar Canada United States International December 09th, 2015
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.
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Final TPP text threatens Internet freedom and will force Canada to overhaul copyright – but will Trudeau go along?

Access pillar Canada November 05th, 2015
Final text includes provisions to censor the Internet, rob the public domain, and force Canada to import U.S.-style copyright rules 
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Litmus test for new government as Big Telecom threatens future of affordable Internet service in Canada

Access pillar Canada October 21st, 2015
Bell Canada is calling on the new federal Cabinet to overturn pro-customer CRTC requirements to ensure Canadians can access high-speed independent providers
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WikiLeaks release of TPP Intellectual Property chapter confirms agreement threatens global Internet freedom

Free Expression pillar United States International October 09th, 2015
Confirmed: 20-year copyright term extensions, new rules that would induce ISPs to block websites, and criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital locks October 9, 2015 – This morning, WikiLeaks released the final version of the TPP’s Intellectual Property Chapter, just days after the 12 participating TPP countries finalized the agreement. Internet freedom group OpenMedia warns that the leak confirms Internet advocates greatest fears, including: new provisions that would induce Internet Service Providers to block websites without a court ruling, 20-year copyright term extensions, and new criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital locks. Reacting to the leak, OpenMedia’s Digital Rights Specialist Meghan Sali had this to say:
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WikiLeaks release of TPP Intellectual Property chapter confirms agreement threatens Canada’s Internet freedom

Access pillar Privacy pillar Canada October 09th, 2015
Confirmed: 20-year copyright term extensions, new rules that would induce ISPs to block websites, and criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital locks
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Revealed: Which party gets the worst grade for digital policies on affordable access, online privacy, and free expression?

Canada October 07th, 2015
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
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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

Privacy pillar Canada September 29th, 2015
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”
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