The final communiqué issued by the “Five Eyes” surveillance alliance after a recent meeting in Ottawa suggests what might turn out to be a made-in-Canada global encryption backdoor.
Unites States President Donald Trump’s powerful Executive Order, the “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States”, issued at the end of January, jeopardizes the privacy and digital rights of Canadians based in the U.S. Meanwhile, information-sharing agreements between Canadian and U.S. governments already grant the Americans substantial access to Canadians’ online data and lives.
The recent Quebec City mosque shooting, labelled a “terrorist attack” by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tarnishes Canada’s powerful international reputation for racial and religious tolerance.
The recent Paris terror attacks shouldn’t stop the new Liberal government from re-examining Canada’s privacy and surveillance policies, argues Michael Geist, the Canada research chair in Internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa.
587 Canadian academics sign joint letter condemning the Harper Conservatives’ racially-divisive tactics and racist propaganda in the ongoing 2015 federal election campaign. “We hope that Canadians will join us in repudiating the politics of hate.”