BY KATITZA RODRIGUEZ, EFF
The Canadian government’s surveillance of innocent Canadians is secretive, expensive, and out-of-control—that’s the message of a new video launched this morning by Canadian digital rights organization, OpenMedia.ca. The group is leading a large, non-partisan, Canadian coalition of organizations calling for effective legal measures to safeguard Canadians from government spying.
The video reveals how information collected by government spy agency, CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada), can expose intimate details about Canadians’ private lives, including their financial status, medical conditions, political and religious beliefs, and even sexual orientation. CSEC was caught as they spied on thousands of innocent Canadian air travelers earlier this year.
Canadians can keep in touch with the campaign to rein in CSEC by joining the Canadian Protect Our Privacy Coalition. The coalition includes over 60 major organizations and over a dozen academic experts and is calling for effective legal measures to protect Canadians’ privacy from government spies. Over 40,000 Canadians have pledged to support the Coalition at http://OurPrivacy.ca.
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