Do you know where your data have been?

January 6, 2014

 Op-ed  Marita Moll

Ottawa Citizen Sept. 26, 2013

So you go home, turn to your computer loaded with anti-virus, anti-spying and anti-malware programs, to talk to your brother in Boston via the secured Internet connection in your house. Bingo! Everything you just did is now part of the U.S. National Security Agency’s massive database and all that data can be mined with the same easy steps you used to find the online recipe for last night’s eggplant parmigiana.

But what if you were just sending some messages to your friends in other parts of Canada or even in your own province? Surely that’s not a problem — unless it is. .... 

Bill C-30 update

March 28, 2012

Due to a backlash storm from both sides of the political spectrum, the bill was immediately withdrawn "for further study."  There is no indication yet, when the government will make its next move on this file.

Rumour confirmed -- snooping law introduced

February 16, 2012

Rumour confirmed!!!  At 12:30 p.m., in a blatent attempt to use abused childen to stifle dissent about a law that sanctions Internet snooping,  Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety introduced the freshly renamed "Protecting Children from Internet Preditors" Act."

Read complete article here


Valentines for Vic Toews

February 13, 2012

Rumour has it that there will be an omnibus bill introduced on Feb. 14 that contains the legislation known as "lawful access." The following site "send Vic Toews a valentine" invites Canadians to respond in kind.  Users can dowload a postcard with a message to the Minister of Public Safety expressing strong opposition to Internet surveillance.

postcard pages

January 20, 2012

Side one and two of the lawful access postcard


(un)lawful access legislation -- Ottawa forum

December 28, 2011

Notice of public meeting:

A public meeting will be held in Ottawa Feb. 8, 2012, 6-10 p.m. at St. Paul University (amphitheatre) to inform and discuss this new privacy threat.  Please see agenda and sign up to attend on the website or  facebook  event page  or continue to check this space for agenda, participants and other information.

Government myths on on-line spying debunked

December 1, 2011

 In a guest blog on the site, the technical lawyer for the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) debunks the following government rationalizations for the "lawful access" legislation:

"This should scare you" -- Ontario Privacy Commissioner

November 29, 2011

According to some sources "Lawful Access" legislation could be introduced before Christmas. On the basis of previous versions of this legislation, privacy commissioners in Canada are expressing grave concerns about its possible contents.

(Un) lawful access legislation pending

November 16, 2011

There are serious threats to privacy, free speech and civil liberties contained in the impending lawful access legislation . Advocates are keeping a close eye on the status of the bill -- which could be introduced any time.  Meanwhile there are various activities underway that give Canadians a chance to register their opposition to this legislation:

Resources that explain what is at stake in this invasive and costly bill: