News

  • – 2005-06-10 –
    The Swedish Data Inspection Board has convicted Antipiratbyrån, a Swedish content industry IP enforcement organization, of breaking Swedish privacy laws. In March, thousands of Swedish citizens had reported the organization for using a software program for recording the IP address, alias, files and server used by individuals downloading content off the Internet.
  • – 2005-06-06 –
    In his last annual report, Canada's Information Commissioner, John Reid, critizens the federal government's "culture of secrecy" and decries recent legislative initiatives that have further limited the public's ability to hold government accountable. "Vigilance, by users, the media, academics, the judiciary, information commissioners and members of Parliament, must be maintained against the very real pressures from governments to take back from citizens, the power to control what, and when, information will be disclosed." 2004-3005 Annual Report.
  • – 2005-06-06 –
    The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) is urging the federal government to protect the privacy of students by retaining management of Canada's multi-billion dollar student loan program. If this contract is outsourced to US-linked organizations, student loan information will be accessible to US security agencies, who have virtually unrestricted rights to access this information for counter-terrorism purposes, in secret, under the US PATRIOT Act.
  • – 2005-06-06 –
    The Canadian Telecommunications Policy Review Panel has released a consultation paper with 106 questions covering a range of issues concerning telecom policy, regulation, and the adoption of advanced information and communications technologies. Interested stakeholders have until August 15th to comment, followed by a 30 day period to reply to the submissions of other parties. The Review Panel's goal is to develop recommendations that will provide the best long-term telecommunications policy and regulatory framework for the benefit of all Canadians. It has been asked to deliver its report by the end of 2005.
  • – 2005-06-06 –
    CIPPIC now has a full time administrative assistant! Annie Binet replaces Sue Gemmell who is, sadly for us, moving on to new challenges. Annie is fully bilingual and brings great enthusiasm and a glowing track record to this challenging position.
  • – 2005-05-28 –
    A national audit by journalists across Canada shows that Canadians exercising their right to access basic government information, such as restaurant inspection reports, complaints against police, and school class sizes, are often rebuffed. Problems of red tape, poor disclosure, prohibitive fees, and non-compliance with statutory time limits for responses were found across all levels of government, although some jurisdictions performed better than others. Canadian Newspaper Association News Release
  • – 2005-05-24 –
    CIPPIC has joined the Anti-Spyware Coalition, a software industry initiative to address spyware issues. Led by the Center for Democracy and Technology, the ASC brings together software makers, online businesses and security providers with consumer groups in a joint effort to help clear up confusion over spyware and adware, and to help consumers keep their computers free of spyware.
  • – 2005-05-19 –
    The Federal Court of Appeal has rejected CRIA's appeal of Justice von Finckenstein's trial decision in BMG v. Doe. Citing privacy values and the weakness of CRIA's evidence, the Court concluded that the evidence created "the risk that innocent persons might have their privacy invaded and also be named as defendants where it is not warranted." - Federal Court of Appeal Judgment (Scanned PDF version) - CIPPIC's Media Release with our views on the decision - Brief summarizing key findings of the decison
  • – 2005-05-17 –
    The Task Force appointed by the federal government to advise it on how to combat spam issued its report today. Among other things, the Task Force recommends new anti-spam legislation with meaningful penalties, new powers for consumers to sue spammers, more resources to government agencies tasked with fighting spam, industry self-regulation, and greater international cooperation to track down and stop those responsible for the floods of unwanted messages clogging Canadians' e-mail inboxes. - Spam Task Force webpage - CIPPIC News Release
  • – 2005-05-13 –
    The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission has decided to regulate voice-over-internet protocol service in the same way that it regulates other voice services, when it is provided and used as local telephone service. Thus, VoIP phone service will be regulated when it is provided by incumbents, but generally not when it is provided by new entrants. Once the local phone market is found to be sufficiently competitive, the CRTC will deregulate. CRTC Decision