Prime Time Crime


Big Brother

Datavalet        Telus

Streisand effect

Asian triads and Sidewinder

Big Brother surveillance



Google government requests

Facebook government request

Warrant concerns

EDINA - Internet giant Google is vowing to fight a search warrant demanding that Edina police be able to collect information on any resident who used certain search terms as authorities try to locate a thief who swindled a resident out of $28,500.   (Star Tribune)REPORT:   Warrant   .pdf


Bagpiper ticketed

MONTREAL - Jeff McCarthy was fined $221 for carrying a concealed weapon in his sock: a ceremonial knife called a sgian-dubh.  (CTV)


Pit bull ban

Montreal has passed its controversial animal control bylaw that will ban new ownership of pit bull and pit bull-type dogs.  (CTV)  MORE:   City council ignoring failures   Court challenge 


New French database

PARIS - The massive database, known as Secure Electronic Documents (TES), was decreed by the government on Oct 30.  The database will include: the first and last names, address, eye colour, weight, marital status, a photograph and the fingerprints of nearly everyone in France.  (AFP)


Law ill-suited

OTTAWA - The Privacy Act, which governs how the federal government uses Canadians' personal information, has not been substantially changed since it was introduced in 1983.  (Toronto Star)   PREVIOUS:   CYA   



WASHINGTON - Freedom of Information Act (Foia) researcher Ryan Shapiro alleges 'failure by design' in the DoJ's protocols for responding to public requests.   (Guardian)


Cellphone data

NEW YORK - New York Sen. Charles Schumer has dubbed Clear Channel Outdoor Americas' so-called RADAR program 'spying billboards,'' warning the service may violate privacy rights by tracking people's cellphone data via the ad space.  (AP)  


'Science' debate

NEW YORK - Within half an hour of Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival posting on Facebook that it had scheduled an April viewing of Vaxxed, the highly controversial anti-vaccine documentary, a well-oiled network of scientists, autism experts, vaccine advocacy groups, film-makers and sponsors cranked into gear to oppose it.  (Guardian UK)  MORE:   Film festival drops film    Robert De Niro


Open data

According to the NL provincial government's website, open data is defined as 'the release of government datasets in accessible formats for use and re-use by anyone for any purpose.'  This crowdsourcing apporach is cheaper, faster and perhaps, even more effect than relying on politicians and bureaucrats to get things done.  (CBC)  



TORONTO - VICE Media and its Toronto journalist Ben Makuch want Ontario Superior Court to quash an order that they hand over material related to their interviews with a suspected terrorist to the RCMP.  (CBC) 


800th anniversary

LONDON - Royalty returned to Runnymede 800 years after a group of rebellious barons forced a medieval king to put his seal on a historic document that established the foundations of parliamentary democracy, human rights and the supremacy of law.   (Guardian UK)   MORE:   Magna Carta   Magna Carta interactive    Prime Minister accused of hypocrisy   Challenging 'liberty'   Sure you care?


Big brother in the media -

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Mom found not guilty

WINNIPEG - A Manitoba court acquitted a Winnipeg mother in a case involving a 6-year-old child left home alone for an hour and a half.  She was charged with child abandonment for intentionally leaving the boy unattended for 90 minutes.  (CTV)


Stop nudging me

Nudge theory, which was invented by two guys named Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, is on the face of it quite benign.  (Globe & Mail)  

IPhone spyware

Last summer, Bill Marczak stumbled across a program that could spy on your iPhone's contact list and messages - and even record your calls. Illuminating shadowy firms that sell spyware to corrupt governments across the globe, Marczak's story reveals the new arena of cyber-warfare.  (Vanity Fair)


Legal black hole

VANCOUVER - In a story worthy of a cloak-and-dagger spy thriller, the lawyer representing the groups was forbidden from discussing anything that took place at a restricted hearing of the CSIS watchdog committee (SIRC).   (CP)


No laughing

MONTREAL - When the Quebec Human Rights Commission ordered comedian Mike Ward to pay $35,000 to Jeremy Gabriel for making fun of the former child star with a disability, the reactions were fierce and polarized.  Some of the biggest names in comedy, including John Cleese, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, have publicly complained that the climate of political correctness is stifling their art form.  (CBC) 


Prof yanked

SUDBURY - Dr. Michael Persinger, a professor at Laurentian University has been removed from teaching an introductory psychology class after requesting that students sign a waiver agreeing to his use of vulgar language.  (Toronto Star)   MORE:   Professor removed   RELATED:   Court blasts PSC for rigid formalism   Public Service Commission   Vet faces court martial over rude remark


Homeland 'fix' checkpoint failures

WASHINGTON - The inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that he is investigating the leak of classified information from an undercover operation in which investigators were able to slip through airport security with weapons and phony bombs more than 95% of the time.  (Washington Post)   MORE:   'Security theatre'     John Roth     'State Secrets'  = CYA   Loss of freedom in wake of 911


Detained for 2 years

VICTORIA - David and Nancy Varcoe's bureaucratic odyssey began when she was admitted to the Penticton, BC, hospital for emergency treatment in late 2010. She was then transferred to a care facility in March 2011 and held there until May 2013 despite her wishes to be discharged.   (CP)   PREVIOUS:   Woman held against her will  


Student 'dealer' suspended  

LETHBRIDGE - A Grade 12 student in Lethbridge, AB, was suspended for dealing Pepsi to fellow students out of his locker.  (CBC) 


Commissioner examines study

OTTAWA - Canada's privacy commissioner says it will contact the company for details on Facebook's participation in a mass experiment whereby it manipulated the news feeds of 700,000 users to make them more positive or negative, in an attempt to alter their mood one way or the other.  (CBC)  


Sitting in judgment

GANDER - A mother in central Newfoundland says she was surprised and upset when a Wal-Mart employee said she couldn't pick up her photos because they were flagged as "inappropriate" by a processing technician.   (CBC)     


Sovereign citizens a concern

OTTAWA - Training for frontline officers and better information sharing between police and government agencies can help protect law enforcement officials from potentially aggressive "Sovereign citizen," says a newly declassified briefing to Canadian police chiefs.   (CP)


UK surveillance spin

LONDON - UK Internet suppliers will have to block access to pornography unless customers opt to receive it, an effort to help parents stop children viewing unsuitable material.   (Bloomberg)   MORE:   Porn to be blocked by default   Child abuse search pop-ups   Showboating based on ignorance   Censorship starts with porn   


Cross border data bank

OTTAWA - The CBSA says it plans to retain personal details gleaned from the Canada-US initiative for 15 years.  (CBC)  PREVIOUS:   $7 fee to get into Canada  



AT&T spying for profit

Hemisphere is a secretive program run by AT&T that searches trillions of call records and analyzes cellular data to determine where a target is located, with whom he speaks, and potentially why.    (Daily Beast)  

DEA and AT&T database  

Spying on you

US FTC warning

Data resold to police


Data access surveillance product marketed

Social media used to track protesters

Social media cuts off surveillance data 

Google eavesdropping tool

Google's Chrome

Spying on you

FIPA report    .pdf


New obstructive tactics

OTTAWA - Canada’s information watchdog is rebuking federal officials for dubious new tactics to thwart the freedom-of-information law.   (CP)

Project traveler search warrant


Jennifer Stoddart

Cindy Blackstock

First Nations Child and Family Society

Online bill more than surveillance

Challenges demand stronger protections

Case for reforming the personal information protection and electronic documents act

Weak security

CRA audit report   .pdf   

FINTRAC   Privacy concerns remain

Still collecting too much info  

Internet surveillance bill killed

Telecom transparency

Who will pay for surveillance bill   

Privacy management frameworks

Report of the AG of Canada

Matters of special importance 2008

Bill to require surveillance capabilities

Government looks to surveillance

Suzanne Legault

Existing rules can't keep up

Feds dispute dismal ranking

'Prep fees'

Gag order hidden in bill

Watchdog 'disturbed'

Privacy Commissioner

Personal info disposal practices

Public needs explanation

Towes surprised by content of bill

Facebook breaches privacy law

An Internet that never forgets


Government to access information

International Telecommunication

Another communications ban

John Baird

Law 'not up to par' 

Cops buying phone records online

No warrantless disclosure

UN power grab

Governments squabble over internet 

Who will pay for surveillance bill

Annual report 2009-2010

Annual report 2008-2009

Jennifer Stoddart  

ISP intercept bill reintroduced

Always under surveillance

Ottawa chooses secrecy

Strippers just the start

Star wins court fight


Great wall of secrecy

Creeping Law   .pdf  

Net freedom fears

A free world depends on an open web

Annual report 2010-2011

Protection of personal information

Halt to eavesdropping

Vic Toews   CBSA

Privacy under siege

Interception of private communication

Bastions of censorship  

Caledonia's Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy

Bureaucrat paid big bucks for spin

Christie Blatchford  

Everybody's a criminal  

Privacy part 1  

Part 2  

Part 3   

Part 4  

Part 5  

Part 6  

Part 7

Big Brother Inc

Privacy International

Bill C-30 has real dangers

Public needs explanation

You are already being watched

Pause on web surveillance act

Police chiefs' site hacked

Employees have privacy rights

OTTAWA - Employees have a privacy right over personal use of workplace computers and should not be subject to warrantless police searches, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled.   (CBC) 

SCC orders retrial

Privacy threats no longer 'Terra Incogtnita'

Phone data law extends surveillance power

Making data anonymous can be tricky

Smart cars share info

OTTAWA - With cars collecting and even sharing more personal data, Canada's privacy watchdog is quietly trying to ensure manufacturers, retailers and insurance companies avoid bumps on the virtual highway.  (CP)

The connected car 

Smart devices spying

Internet of things a threat

Is your fitness trackers spying on you?

Every step you fake 

Smart TV spying

Your smart TV is spying on you

Samsung warns customers

Samsung Smart TV 

Alarm on smart meter data

Fading data


Top court asked to weigh in

OTTAWA - The document was connected to the newspaper's ongoing reporting of what was dubbed Shawinigate, about alleged conflicts of interest by former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and public money spent in his riding.   

Adscam: The Sponsorship Scandal

Sidewinder and the Asian triads

Tories kill information registry

AG balks at vetting by PMO

No respect

Tories kill information registry

Court overturns ruling on sources

John Laskin   Janet Simmons   Eileen Gillese

The buck stops here

Mom found not guilty

WINNIPEG - A Manitoba court acquitted a Winnipeg mother in a case involving a 6-year-old child left home alone for an hour and a half.   (CTV)

Libel suit

Levant loses

Speak your mind or lose it     

Levant can't resist sabotaging his own cause

Language cops bust plastic spoons


Censors upset

Canadian Broadcast Standards Council

Fighting broadcast censors

Cash Cow  

Woman was drunk

Judge upholds tribunal ruling

Haircut goes to rights tribunal

2 dogmas

Freedom's bad hair day 

Sons being put up for adoption

Obese dad

City challenges tribunal's authority

Hate crime investigation  

Roma fraud

Project Sara

Gypsies arrested for distraction thefts

Human rights complaint

Why Canada is freer for it  

Another Tribunal ruling

Boot wearer injured dignity

'Bonkers' use of Act

Mall cops accused

World's most easily offended country

Human rights tribunal ruling

Human rights meets their match  

Please send reinforcements 


Roma group's complaint

Ezra Levant 

A bad night at Zesty's

Canadian ruling 'offensive'

Vested interest 

Collected writings of Salman Hossain

AG reviewing request

Exec's anti-Canada tirade  

Right to convenient parking

Everybody's a victim  

I love it 

Comedian ordered to pay  

New low for kangaroo court  

Non-profits need to get back to basics

Canada slips

Reporters Without Borders

Psiphon   Freegate

Thank the thought police for this idea

White supremacy group warned

Manitoba Human Rights Commission

Human rights gone awry

Does the UN really matter?

Ottawa must end this censorship

Canadian Arab Federation

Human rights

Dire Straits    Money for Nothing.  

CRTC pulled into censorship scandal  

Censors know best  

1985's #1 selling record  

Withdrawn charges stay on record

Dispersing the Fog

Don't say a word

Censorship in Canada

Human rights commission hell

Aw nuts, we won

Lawyers attach restrictions

Another Islamic group files complaint

Free speech

CHRC’s system wins IT award

Kate McMillan   Kathy Shaidle  

Temple University rejects IIIT endow

Live blogging the BC HRT

Kenny Hotz   Showcase TV

Hey, why bother with a trial?

Campaign of Warman

Human rights

Commission vs. Commission

Too many rights make a wrong

Canada's thought police

Mark Steyn

America Alone

Mohamed Elmasry

Syed B. Soharwardy

Human flesh search engines  

Free Dominion

Richard Warman


Clean-up partisan public service

First they came....

Catholic magazine target of complaint

Quit Validating Professional Victims

Children?  Not if you love the planet

Let's not be racist about racism

Dolores Umbridge   Barbara Hall

Is abolishing necessary?

Myths, legends and human rights

Western Standard sued

Jyllands-Posten cartoons controversy

Google rejects worldwide demand

Google has rejected the French data protection authority's demand that it censor search results worldwide in order to comply with the European Court of Justice's so-called right to be forgotten ruling.   (Guardian UK)


Right to be forgotten  

Ruling lacks balance 

Google begins implementation

Old rules no longer apply 


Politicians & pedophiles ask to 'be forgotten'  

Hiding inconvenient truths


Ruling 'astonishing'


Google must delete links

Right to scan your email


Google change


You are the product

Citizens offer take on news

Google ordered to hand over details

Judge throws users to the wolves

Google privacy rules break law 

Privacy changes 'in breach of EU law'

The latest headline - your vote counts

Chinese web filtering 'erratic'

Software turns photos

Making health info free

Tracking you on the web



Not guilty

PORTLAND - A jury delivered a stunning across-the-board acquittal to the leaders and participants in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation and a remarkable blow to the federal government as it tries to tamp down a national movement led by a Nevada family to open public lands to ranchers, miners and loggers.  (Oregonian)

Defense lawyer Tasered


Oregon standoff timeline  

Video of FBI, OSP operation 1/26/2016

Antiterrorism and Death Penalty Act of 1996

Occupation of the National Wildlife Refuge

Spokesman killed

Law enforcement shooting

Oregon standoff live updates

Leaders arrested in deadly road block

Anti-gov't protesters

Ranchers prosecuted as terrorists

Militia occupies wildlife refuge building

'Bring your guns and come'

Federal prosecutor at the heart of sentence

Hammond's side

Ranchers' fight sparks militias' interest

Ranchers resentenced

Bundy standoff


Every adult is a potential threat

LONDON - Previous employers and professional bodies are under a legal duty to inform the ISA if they think someone poses a risk.   (Telegraph UK)  

Scheme defended

This vetting monster will harm children

Known to police

Nadhmi Auchi  

Blow to EU libel lawyers

European Court of Human Rights

Latest 'super-injunction' lifted

Playing away

UK libel laws at work, again

Rise in 'libel tourism'

Libel row

New Statesman      

Snoop plan

Data snooping bill costs

Snooping scheme will reply on help

The State of Surveillance


Privacy International

Twitter hands over user  

Twitter reveals user   

Court opens Twitter to US government

US can get data without warrant  

US can access anything 

Civil disobedience   Injunction  

Gag order   Tort reform 

UK laws in action

Homeland working on guidelines

British libel laws under attack

Giggs named in House of Commons  

Tweets about super injunction spike  

UK judges at work  

'Libel tourists' laws rejected

UK blocks nude photos, videos

Watchdog concerns

Watchdog urges caution  

Lawful access concerns  

Surveillance project  

Boeing misreported progress  


Bleeding edge technology 

Privacy report 2010-2011

DHS needs oversight  .pdf  

Libel laws should be repealed

Pollution disaster  

Trafigura files

UN criticizes handling of toxic ship  

2006 Cote d'Ivoire toxic waste spill  


Blogger vs. billionaire

Craig Murray

Alisher Usmanov  

British libel laws under attack

Growth area for UK libel lawyers

Report highlights blog censorship

Press Freedom Index 2007

Author mounts 'libel tourism' challenge

US writer fights gagging order

Technology in the hands of despots

Bleeding edge security fence

Homeland blamed  

Stop judges gagging orders

Libel tourism

Court gives media new latitude


Internet censorship  

Self censorship

Chilling effect

Cambridge University Press

The Vanishing Jihad exposes

Khalid Bin Mahfouz


Rachel Ehrenfeld

Soda latest sin lawsuit

OAKLAND - Coca-Cola and an industry group face accusations in a federal lawsuit filed by advocacy groups that they tried to cover up links between drinking sugary beverages and harmful health effects such as obesity and diabetes.   (NY Times) 

Cycle helmets are useless

Video surveillance cameras


Destruction of records

Diesel exhaust cancerous

Timmy's doesn't understand food tax

Big brother bylaw a load of BS

Criminalizing everyone


Bill 139

Spotlight on another 'secret'

Obesity epidemic a myth 

Obesity a disease

Government dumps gun enthusiasts

You can make a gun with a 3D printer

'Pirate Bay' for 3D printing launched

Back-door long-gun registry

Gun ledgers 'unauthorized  

Registry a sham

Cessation drug likely induced 'violent episode'

Feds back off ammo rules

Gun registry survives

Vote leaves police image wounded  

Armed citizens look to their own

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

The cops came and took my gun  

Licence plate censors doing their job

MPs: guilty until proven innocent  

BC cell phone ban  

Crackdown on distracted drivers

Toronto bans shark fin

Shark fin free zone    Shark fin

Kids and cellphone warning

Health bummer

Cancer may be different disease

Bottle ban a sign of the times

Going to town on bottled water

Ontario files $50B suit

Tempest in a coffee cup

Single drink over the limit

US 2011 youth surveillance   .pdf

Canada focuses on daily salt intake

Thank you city hall

Premier open to car gadgets ban

Shark fin ban invalid

Councilors outraged that ban was struck down 

City loses 'slip and fall' appeal

Claims routinely tossed  

San Francisco to ban plastic bags

Interracial marriage ban

Prohibition of alcohol

Sex, drugs and rock & roll

Long hair


Healthy people biggest burden

Fat cell numbers 'set for life'

Lock pupils up

Media swallowed a study

Scientists find fatness gene

New York City bans science

Recycle or go to hell

Junk food

Connor to stay with family

What we're doing to young Connor

The dumbing down of society

Silent pandemic

nformation    Knowledge   

Information overload   

Law of diminishing returns

Global hate  

Drug testing candidates

Why we worry about the wrong things

Four big, fat myths

Blackened names  

School bans cancer bracelets


Children's sports liability waivers void

Warning for parent of fat children

Parents too serious

Time we put our dollars elsewhere

Heart risks detected in overweight

Obesity linked to cancer in women  

Attention economy

Cash grab unhealthy

Low-fat diet myth busted

Flag taken down

COLUMBIA, SC - A weary South Carolina House voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds.  (USA Today)

Battle flag  

Flags of the Confederate States of America

 Orwellian war on skepticism

American civil war

Slavery in the US

States' rights

US Bill of Rights

Declaration of Independence

All men are created equal

The symbol is not the thing symbolized


V2V decision coming

WASHINGTON - NHTSA will decide whether or not to begin the rulemaking process to mandate that newly manufactured cars include “vehicle-to-vehicle” (V2V) communications technology that constantly broadcasts via radio wave the car’s location, direction, speed and, possibly, even the number of passengers it is carrying.  (CNS)  


LANGLEY - Senior CIA officials have for years intentionally deceived parts of the agency workforce by transmitting internal memos that contain false information about operations and sources overseas, according to current and former US officials who said the practice is known by the term 'eyewash.'  (Washington Post) 


Report questioned

The results of a recent audit of PEI's freedom of information system does not paint an accurate picture of how well it's working, says a local newspaper publisher.  (CBC)   REPORT:  FOI audit frenzy   Newspapers Canada   Frugal with information 

Data deal illegal

BRUSSELS - An agreement between the EU and Canada to share airline passenger data that the two sides say is key to fighting terrorism cannot enter into force as currently drafted, an adviser to the top EU court said.  (Reuters)  


Executive action on gun restrictions

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Monday unveiled a series of new executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence.   (Washington Post)   MORE:   Obama moves to require background checks   Are you mad or a criminal?   Gun trust loophole   Executive orders 

New era of repression

WASHINGTON - After decades of retreat, authoritarian regimes are using social media and other sophisticated systems in a new era of repression to thwart democracy and trample human rights.  (Globe & Mail)   REPORT:    Freedom in the world 2014   Freedom House


Anti-police graffiti pic

MONTREAL -  Jennifer Pawluck is tied to a photo she posted to the social media site Instagram depicting a drawing of Montreal police Cmdr. Ian Lafrenière.  (CBC)  MORE:   Woman arrested for sharing photo of graffiti    

Telematics in car insurance

By measuring exactly how each of their customers drives in real time, insurers are starting to charge individual premiums based on monitored driving habits.  (Globe)   MORE:   Telematics      


Terror threat

VANCOUVER - A 71-year-old BC grandmother was shocked to learn her recent research for an upcoming National Energy Board hearing triggered a national security investigation. (CBC)      

'Yes we can'

Dallas-based journalist Barrett Brown, now apparently a perceived enemy of the state, neither hacked nor leaked.  He quite simply linked.  (Toronto Star)   MORE:   Prison for posting hyperlink   17-count indictment


Canadian company censor

TORONTO - Citizen Lab has found evidence that a Canadian firm (Netsweeper) is providing Internet surveillance and censorship technology to Pakistan. (Toronto Star)   report  Company helping censorship   Bahraini     Verifying Netsweeper in Bahrain 

Officials raid Amnesty HQ

MOSCOW - Russian prosecutors and tax police have searched the Moscow headquarters of Amnesty International and several other rights groups.   (AP)   MORE:   Officials inspecting NGOs to find 'foreign agents'   NGOs raids multiply   


Electroshock more prevalent

Electroshock - a brute force assault on the brain deemed the most controversial treatment in psychiatry - is being administered across Ontario in record numbers and with scant oversight.  (Toronto Star)

Latest kangaroo court

OTTAWA - The public now knows a lot about the kangaroo courts that are the human rights tribunals. But not much press has been given to the Ontario Animal Care Review Board.  (QMI)   


Protesters impose their view

WATERLOO - Screaming protesters confronted Kitchener Centre MP Stephen Woodworth at the University of Waterloo.  “Who do you think you are to be imposing your bigotry … your views on society?” one of them said during the confrontation.   (CTV)

Personal info law becoming archaic

OTTAWA - The federal law governing how companies handle personal information is too old to keep up with the rapidly expanding digital age, Canada's privacy czar warned.   (CP)   REPORT:   Annual report to Parliament 2012


US goes for the messenger

WASHINGTON - The US Justice Department has begun demanding that FedEx and UPS, open and report on the contents in the sealed packages of their customers or face criminal charges.  (Asia Sentinel)

Threat to national security

DUBAI - The United Arab Emirates has declared BlackBerry smartphones a potential threat to national security, saying the devices operate beyond the jurisdiction of national laws and are open to misuse.  (AP)

Casinos sent to the fringes

MOSCOW - Thousands of casinos, slot-machine parlors and betting halls across Russia shut down complying with sweeping new restrictions that require all gambling business to relocate to four remote regions of the country.   (AP)   MORE:  Russia bans casinos  


MOSCOW - A new law expanding Russia's definition of treason took effect, and critics say it's so vague that the government can now brand anyone who dissents as a traitor.  Under the new law, anyone possessing information deemed secret could potentially be jailed for up to 20 years for espionage.  (CBC)

Policy 'unconstitutionally vague'

NEW YORK - A federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communications Commission's indecency policy, calling it "unconstitutionally vague" and a violation of the First Amendment.   (TV Guide)

Ruled that the policy   .pdf

ABC faces fine

Gay' Snickers spot

Federal Communications Commission

Stones' Super Bowl songs censored

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy

Standard routine

OTTAWA - Canadian police seek online and phone data from telecommunications companies in almost every criminal investigation, according to a briefing note to the federal minister for public safety.  (CBC)   

Black boxes


There is an app for that

How the US forged a surveillance society

Top Secret America 

Congress knew about spying

Cheney directed CIA to be silent

British Telecom 'Phorm' report

FBI wants instant access to identity data

FBI cast wide net targeting phone records

Wi-Fi users 'unknowing informants'

Ann Cavoukian  

New FBI surveillance rules  

Moving out of US control

FBI want backdoors

US hypocrisy   

Homeland shuts down 84,000 innocent sites

Bill expanding surveillance powers

Congress Oks US eavesdropping bill

NSA spying part of broader effort

Amid concerns, FBI lapses went on

Secret court to monitor US spy program

Presidential signing statements

Examples of president's signing statements

Text of the signing statements 2001-2006

Federal judge orders end to wiretap program

US searching bank transactions

Return of the plumbers   

Warrantless wiretapping limited results

US lawmakers pass warrantless wiretaps bill

The President's surveillance program  .pdf   

Telecoms let NSA spy on calls

Phone calls are just the start

NSA secret database report triggers debate

Feds try to dismiss domestic spying suit

Group sues AT&T over domestic wiretaps

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Surveillance found to yield few suspects

NASH has massive database of phone calls

Social network

Google sued

A US consumer advocacy group has reignited the debate over online privacy after it unearthed a court document in which Google argues that anyone sending messages to Gmail’s 425M users should not expect privacy.  The court document is from a US class-action lawsuit in which a group of non-Gmail users accuse Google of breaking laws on wiretaps by scanning emails so that the company can target ads to users - a key component of its business model.  (CBC) 

Judge blocks law criminalizing web porn

FBI illegally used Patriot Act

Government subpoenas dozens

Google defies US over search data

A tale of two eavesdroppings

Web Anonymizers get very popular  

US technology used to censor Net

Internet filtering in China 2004-2005

Telus blocks consumer access

Green light for genetic screening

LONDON - The Human Genetics Commission (HGC) gave the green light to preconception genetic tests to determine whether people carry conditions that could be passed on to their future children.   (Telegraph UK)

Security flaws

Right to privacy broken

10 ways to track the citizen

Black boxes to record website visit

Surveillance society

Councils told to stop snooping

Phones tapped - 1,000 a day

Venezuela passports investigation  

U-turn over vetting

Government ads run 10,000 times

UK sites could be given age ratings

Broad new 'Big Brother' surveillance

Speeding tickets increase by 1M

Right to rubbish bin collection


Cameras watch you put bin out

'Big Brother' database

EU plans biometric border checks

Britain is 'surveillance society'

New visas 'exporting the borders'

China fingerprinting

Fake ID one concern

Council spy cases hits 1,000 a month

Offenders must get 'badges of shame'

Plan to toughen up on offenders

Eric Arthur Blair

15M Brits losing saving in Safe Bet

Council spies on family


Interception of Communications

British national identity card

National Identity Scheme

500,000 DNA database mistakes

ID cards 'Big Brother tax trap'

Fines from speed cameras soar

Caught on camera

Road charges introduced by stealth

New child checks

Louise Casey

The main proposals

CCTV gives Big Brother a voice

Giant ID computer plan scrapped

Ex-MI5 chief sparks ID card row

Rebels to face prison over ID cards

Guardian: Explaining ID cards

UK illegal immigrant figure revealed

Criminals to 'adapt to ID cards'

ID cards a 'present' to criminals

Britain fails fake passport test

My fake passports and me

Knife scanners to be used UK-wide

Passports issued to false claimants

Cities caught shortening yellow light

Short yellow light times at intersections have been shown to increase the number of traffic violations and accidents. Conversely, increasing the yellow light duration can dramatically reduce red-light violations at an intersection.   (Motorist)


Case for speed cameras destroyed in a flash

Red-light cameras cause more accidents

Red light cameras too good


Security gaps

OTTAWA - The federal department that processes Canadian passports didn't take proper security precautions when it implemented a new system for issuing the travel documents, according to an audit of the program.   (CBC)

Audit of Passport integration with the GCMS 

New Passport

Canadians get more costly passports

'Not to disclose the existence of this request'

Anatomy of a bogus subpoena

PSA-style videos

Passport flawed security

States seek to kill 'Real ID' requirements

Brain scans being misused as lie detectors

Fake driver's licences used

'Real' false IDs

40% increase in government requests 

US can take your electronics

EU concern at US data transfers

Privacy Breach

Personal data as commodity  

What THEY know

Shared vision or myopia      

Censors take aim at free speech

Rideau Institute  

New security deal    

The cost of 9/11  

War on Terror   

Forensics tool expose online activity  

Growth industry

Deep packet inspection

Elvis may be in the building

Someone is watching

Facebook 'violates privacy laws'


US sees you coming

DHS Automated Targeting System (ATS)

New rules make firms track e-mails

Special Report: Privacy lost

Real ID Act

E-passports get F for privacy


Wiretap order needed

2013 SCC 16  

Police need wiretap authority

Police online surveillance

US passport problem

US group wants China 'spy' probe

Biometric passport

Hackers crack new passports

ePassports 'at risk' from cloning

Hard line

Fake visas, degrees 'alarming'

Canadian held for 11 hours

US rules wiretaps 'Gobbledygook'

Radio tags spark privacy worries

RFID Consultation website

80 cameras watch tiny Alaska town

Controlling the  frequency system

Mobile tracking devices on trial


RFID pose risks

Wiretapping, European-style

Communications Security Establishment

Pentagon to increase domestic surveillance

Pentagon runs clandestine infrastructure

Future of pizza orders

Keeping an eye on Big Brother

Problems with the Real ID system

Feds rate travelers' potential for terror

Security flawed electronic passports

NSA mined vast data trove

FBI monitors Muslims for radiation

White House web site revelation

The Constitution versus itself

Whistleblower says NSA violations bigger

Wiretaps surged 19% in 2004

The Echelon report

Technology alters threat of spying

38th Parliament: House Government Bills

Act makes it easy for cop spying

Privacy International

Spy imagery agency watching inside US

Spy in the sky eyes US

Quebec court tobacco ruling

MONTREAL - A Quebec Superior Court Justice awarded more than $15B to Quebec smokers who'd filed class-action lawsuits nearly 17 years ago.  (CP)  

Tobacco companies plan to appeal  

Decision deserves to go up in smoke

Expert on experts  

Canada's smoking rates

More teens smoke pot than cigarettes

Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring

Toronto to ban smoking in apartments

'Contraband tobacco industry', isn't 

Bosses may refuse jobs to smokers

War on smoking

Tobacco endgame  

Godber blueprint   

Current smoking trends    

Health fact sheets 2011  

Annual estimates data  

Freedoms turn to ash  

Anti-tobacco litigation in Canada

Prevent Trafficking Act of 2009

Rights fight heats up

Personal choices cause deaths

Canadian Tobacco use survey 2010    

Smokers find refuge in secret dens 


Smoking ban

Couple left 'squatting' in their home

VANCOUVER - When Selina Prevost and her husband returned home recently to find a notice tacked to their front door advising them Coquitlam city inspectors would return in 24 hours looking for a marijuana grow operation, they willingly let them in.  

BC government goes Big Brother

Privacy under attack

Safety Standards Amendment Act

BC Libs poised to slam lid on secrecy

What BC Libs don't want us to know

BC's out of control bureaucracy

Electricity consumption isn't private

Demand for new security card 'poor'

BC Libs poised to slam lid on secrecy

Concerns about enhanced licences



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