TV Addons: Legal battle against Canadian media giants demonstrates severe consequences facing developers accused of copyright infringement

Earlier this year, a coalition of Canadian media groups including Bell, Rogers, Quebecor, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, presented a controversial proposal to the Canadian telecommunications regulator to implement a website-blocking system and independent agency to respond to online piracy.  While the “FairPlay Coalition” is seeking additional tools to respond to piracy and copyright infringement, … Continue reading “TV Addons: Legal battle against Canadian media giants demonstrates severe consequences facing developers accused of copyright infringement”

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Digital Rights Groups Cry Foul Over Canada’s ‘FairPlay’ Coalition and Pirate Site Blacklist

Digital rights groups are crying foul over Canada’s new “FairPlay” coalition aka the Bell Coalition, which is wielding its considerable corporate power to pressure the country’s telecommunications regulators to begin censoring websites that host or serve pirated content. Recently, FairPlay Canada — a coalition of more than 25 telecom companies, broadcasters, and other organizations — … Continue reading “Digital Rights Groups Cry Foul Over Canada’s ‘FairPlay’ Coalition and Pirate Site Blacklist”

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Canada Bill C-59 Claims to Correct Privacy Abuses — It Actually Makes Them Much Worse

Canadian civil liberties advocates are sounding the alarm over government Bill C-59, a legislative act that purportedly corrects past intelligence-gathering and cyber-operations abuses but in actuality does quite the opposite. C-59 was originally introduced to address criticisms of the infamous Bill C-51, better known as the Anti-terrorism Act, which gave intelligence agencies broad powers but … Continue reading “Canada Bill C-59 Claims to Correct Privacy Abuses — It Actually Makes Them Much Worse”

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Is the copyright industry above the law and exempt from respecting human rights? Some companies seem to think so

When what evolved into modern copyright was first drawn up in the eighteenth century, it was designed as a legal weapon to be deployed against printers that made infringing copies of published texts. It was not used against the public for the simple reason that ordinary people had no means of making infringing copies: printing … Continue reading “Is the copyright industry above the law and exempt from respecting human rights? Some companies seem to think so”

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  • Aug 2, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Canada incentivizes mass surveillance with a mobile app called Carrot Rewards

The Canadian government is using carrots to lure in new helpers in its quest for mass surveillance powers. A new app called Carrot Rewards is a behavioral modification mobile app that was originally created to reward users with redeemable points for taking healthy actions. Carrot Reward’s founder Andreas Souvaliotis explained to the CTV that he had … Continue reading “Canada incentivizes mass surveillance with a mobile app called Carrot Rewards”

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  • Jul 31, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Transatlantic data flows under renewed threat following top EU court’s ruling

Last week, Europe’s highest court issued what might seem a fairly obscure ruling on an agreement between the EU and Canada on the transfer of passenger data between the two regions. In fact, the implications of the judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) are far reaching, and are likely to … Continue reading “Transatlantic data flows under renewed threat following top EU court’s ruling”

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Canadian Supreme Court decision forces Google to participate in censorship by removing search results worldwide

A recent decision by the Canadian Supreme Court will force Google to remove a particular site from search results all around the world, not just in Canada. While Canada has committed to upholding net neutrality and treating all data traffic the same; they have definitely also taken a hard stance on how they wish to … Continue reading “Canadian Supreme Court decision forces Google to participate in censorship by removing search results worldwide”

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  • Apr 21, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

Net neutrality policy in Canada: “Internet providers must treat data traffic the same, regardless of content.”

Canada is celebrating a net neutrality win with Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-104. Zero rating, the act of having some apps or services not count towards a users’ internet data cap, has been forbidden. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Canada’s equivalent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), announced the decision on 4/20/17. In an … Continue reading “Net neutrality policy in Canada: “Internet providers must treat data traffic the same, regardless of content.””

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