Industry Canada’s Report on Plans and Priorities for 2014-15 includes a notable paragraph on priorities for the digital economy. The report states:
In 2014â€“15, Industry Canada will deliver the telecommunications
consumer commitments included in the 2013 Speech from the Throne. These
include taking legislative action to amend the Telecommunications Act to
reduce roaming costs and prevent wireless providers from charging other
companies more than they charge their own customers for mobile
services. The Department will also protect consumer interests by
encouraging compliance and adopting more effective remedies, including
administrative monetary penalties, when violations occur. Industry
Canada will continue to promote investment in high-speed broadband
networks for rural Canadians.
These priorities are an important part of a robust digital economy. Other elements will include: modernizing the privacy regime to better protect consumer privacy online;
monitoring the implementation of Canada’s anti-spam legislation; and
deepening analysis of Canada’s communications infrastructure.
While the telecom actions were expected, the commitment to modernizing
Canadian privacy laws is new (albeit long overdue). Previous privacy
reform bills died on last year, leaving the government years behind in
addressing PIPEDA reform. The Industry Canada report suggests that some
legislative action may finally be on the way.
It looks like the video we created with your support about the online spying bill C-13 has really been turning heads. Check out this piece about how Peter MacKay’s bill would grant immunity to t…
Canadian Internet Service Providers are eerily silent when it comes to information about whether or not they have assisted ultra-secretive spy agency CSEC with their surveillance of law-abiding Canadians. Jon Penney discusses what Canadian companies can do to help fight surveillance.
Article by Jon Penney for The Citizen Lab
The Communications Security Establishment’s surveillance practices raise significant privacy concerns but full answers, transparency, or substantive reforms ensuring democratic oversight from either CSEC, or the Canadian Government, are not likely forthcoming. Canadians should also care about what to do in the meantime. Professor Michael Geist has recently posted about what average (Read more…)
TORONTO – A report examining how Canadian kids view Internet privacy found about half have assumed a fake identity or misrepresented their age online, while about 60 per cent said they’d be willing to share their passwords with family or … Continue Reading
In a bid to provide more accurate border wait times to travellers, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation will be installing Bluetooth readers along routes to the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor tunnel. The scanners will locate available Bluetooth devices within range, … Continue Reading
The RCMP’s top brass are requiring disciplinary decisions related to misbehaving Mounties be vetted first for certain sensitive materials before they can be released to the media, even though these reports were typically released unredacted for years, newly released documents […]
Not long ago, fingerprints were the cutting edge of biometric profiling. Today, the use of biosignatures to identify individuals has expanded to include everything from iris and facial scans right through to DNA profiling and even the unique shape of a…
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Over the past eight months, the steady stream of Snowden leaks have
revealed the existence of a massive surveillance infrastructure intent
on capturing seemingly all communications, including metadata on phone
calls, Internet searches, and other onl…
VANCOUVER – Civil liberties activists in B.C. have filed complaints against Canada’s spy agency…
The NYPD is getting Google Glasses — for a test run, at least. And it could just be the first police department of many. Does this make you feel safer?
Saturday’s headline in Canada’s “newspaper of record”, The Globe and Mail, was not “Harper government caught spying on Canadians” but “Rob Ford admits jaywalking ticket in Vancouver”. Are you kidding me???
Let’s review the week, shall we?
It started with Edward Snowden revealing that American and British spy agencies target smartphone applications like Angry Birds to capture the user’s personal information including his age, gender, location and sexual orientation. This information combined with the real time geo-tracking function made “leaky apps” irresistible to spy agencies.
Do terrorists play Angry Birds? Aren’t they mucking around (Read more…)
Inspired by this headline: CSEC used airport Wi-Fi to track Canadian travellers: Edward Snowden documents
OTTAWA – A controversial effort by Canada’s electronic eavesdropping agency to track the wireless…
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Lately, when I think about Rob Ford and the NSA, my thoughts turn to Tang. Tang, for those of you too young to remember, was an orange-flavoured drink spawned by the space program and made famous by John Glenn and Gemini astronauts. I drank it as a kid. And it was easy, back then, on a steady diet of Tang for breakfast, to forget what real orange juice actually tasted like. It would have been forgivable to think, in fact, that Tang was orange juice.
OTTAWA – The federal privacy watchdog wants the government’s electronic eavesdropping agency to tell…
Records of Canadians’ trips across the border into the United States could soon be shared with a number of federal departments, including the RCMP and CSIS, documents show. Under an expanded data-exchange program between the two countries set to take […]
OTTAWA – Two consumer advocacy groups are challenging Bell Canada’s tracking of how its wireless customers use the web, what they watch on TV and their phone call patterns. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Consumers’ Association of Canada … Continue Reading
It sounds like something out of a horror movie. Mike Seay, whose daughter died last year in a car accident, received a piece of junk mail from Office Max addressed to “Mike Seay, Daughter Killed In Car Crash.” How did OfficeMax have this information? The more he investigated, the more the story became science fiction.
This and that for your Sunday reading.
- Leo Panitch reminds us that the term “reform” was once understood to represent efforts to bolster the public interest against unbridled market forces – and suggests it’s well past time to take the word back from the business interests who have turned it into just the opposite.
- Paul Krugman comments on the twin myths of the undeserving poor and the deserving rich. And Sam Polk writes from experience about the mindset that drives money addicts to demand that others’ basic needs give way to their desire to accumulate: I’d always (Read more…)
OTTAWA – The massive intelligence leak by former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden prompted…
WASHINGTON – Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on…
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Friday will call for ending the government’s control…
OTTAWA – Canada’s border agency is enlisting confidential informants, prompting internal concerns about privacy…
Michael Oliveira TORONTO — Google has been caught afoul of the law by displaying web ads linked to a person’s health history, according to Canada’s interim privacy commissioner Chantal Bernier. An investigation by her office backed up a man’s complaints […]
This hard-hitting piece by Professor Michael Geist argues for a full, independent investigation into CSEC’s spying activities. As Parliament is set to resume shortly, the time has come for MPs to take a far greater interest in what our security services are doing in our name.
Will 2014 be the year when our out-of-control spy agency is finally reined in? Call for an end to all illegal spying on Canadians at https://OpenMedia.ca/CSEC
Article by Michael Geist for the Toronto Star
Months of surveillance-related leaks from U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden have fuelled an international debate over privacy, spying, and (Read more…)
OTTAWA — A USB key handed out to an employee in the federal department tasked with helping Canadian companies compete for domestic and foreign security contracts vanished early in 2013. A week-long trail of emails, phone calls led security officials […]
In the United States, the Fourth Amendment regulates citizens’ right to privacy from the government. Unfortunately it was written over 200 years ago, long before mass electronic surveillance. But now there are hopeful signs that interpretations of the …
WASHINGTON — A surveillance review board has recommended that the U.S. government stop its bulk storage of Americans’ phone and Internet communications. The board has also recommended tighter controls over the U.S. National Security Agency, which for years has been […]
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
I don’t think I’m alone in this..I hate Facebook and the site has morphed into..a crassly capitalist commercial, 24/7…and after telling us that they would use whatever images we had foolishly uploaded for whatever purposes they deemed beneficial to them, and that our privacy was, essentially, at an end, I closed my accounts. That was at least two years ago, and don’t miss it, although I notice that all my ‘friends’ have lost track of my existence since then, despite the fact that there are numerous other ways to keep in touch online…which only reinforces the opinion that (Read more…)
OTTAWA – The Opposition New Democrats want an investigation of new privacy concerns at the Canada Revenue Agency after the agency was unable to tell the NDP just how many privacy breaches it had sustained in the last 10 years. […]
This is what ShitHarperDid activists had to say Wednesday during a peaceful protest against Harper’s $1.2B CSEC complex in Ottawa: “I SPY A WASTE OF MONEY”
The post Harper’s new $1.2B CSEC spy complex “a waste of money”: ShitHarperDid appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Canada’s privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says the Harper government’s new cyberbullying Bill C-13 lacks “accountability and reporting mechanisms to shed light on new investigative powers”.
The post Canada’s privacy czar questions Harper’s cyberbullying Bill C-13 appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
OTTAWA — Canada’s privacy watchdog is raising some concerns about a new cyberbullying bill introduced last week that she nonetheless calls a marked improvement over an earlier incarnation that the government ultimately scrapped in the wake of widespread criticism. Jennifer […]
ShitHarperDid to execute a “creative action” at the site of the $1.2 billion “spy castle” Harper is building for the secretive spy agency CSEC in Ottawa.
The post ShitHarperDid to execute “creative action” against Harper’s $1.2B CSEC spy castle appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Encrypted Chat service website “Cryptocat” blocked in Iranby Sabari Selvan As originally posted on: E Hacking News [ EHN ]November 25, 2013Cryptocat, a website that provides secure and encrypted messaging service has been blocked in the Iran. Des…
Internet services can toughen their security to mitigate government surveillance, but that won’t do much to lock down information that’s already in snoops’ hands. Twitter hopes to prevent those raids on past data through its recent implementation…