(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.

Momentum is building around opposition to legislation which will enable expanded surveillance of communications in the following ways:

  • Corporate surveillance. Internet service providers, mobile phone providers, and even the websites that Canadians visit could become agents of the state, forced to preserve records of Canadians’ actions at the request of authorities (Source);
  • Minimal oversight. Audit powers will be offloaded to privacy commissioners without corresponding material or legislative resources to effectively conduct audits and limit abuse (Source);
  • Warrantless disclosures. Internet users’ subscriber information will be disclosed to authorities, regardless of the information’s usefulness or uselessness to an investigation (Source);
  • Secrecy orders. Authorities might collect Canadians’ private information without those Canadians ever knowing about the collection or the reasons for collecting it (source)

OTTAWA FORUM SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS :
- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
- Council of Canadians (COC)
- Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)
- International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG)
- National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)
- OpenMedia.ca
- Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)
-The Rideau Institute