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September 17, 2012

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Privacy/security battleground in your computer, not just on network and in cloud

I want to highlight and frame something said by Christopher Parsons in a recent interview on CDNTech network.  When asked about encryption (time 6:12), he clarified that surveillance will most often involve going around encryption, such as by installing malware on the computer of the person being surveilled.  The alternative would be to intercept the communication on the network or as stored in the cloud, and try to decrypt.

This should point to an often forgotten truth:  that the question of who controls your computer is just as, if not more, important than how Internet Access Providers (IAP's) or services (Facebook, Google, etc) are regulated when it comes to protecting your rights and interests.

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November 1, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) to study Google Street View?

A study on Street Imaging Applications (Google, Canpages, etc.) has been launched by the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI). This appears to directly follow meeting where the privacy commissioner was a witness.

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March 21, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Supreme Court understands that you don't control what is in your cache

In R. v. Morelli, 2010 SCC 8 the following statement was made on behalf of the majority (McLachlin C.J. and Binnie, Abella and Fish JJ)

[36] On my view of possession, the automatic caching of a file to the hard drive does not, without more, constitute possession. While the cached file might be in a “place” over which the computer user has control, in order to establish possession, it is necessary to satisfy mens rea or fault requirements as well. Thus, it must be shown that the file was knowingly stored and retained through the cache.

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March 20, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Ontario's Privacy Commissioner is a DRM advocate?

I thought I would point people to a discussion following a podcast interview that Jesse Brown did of the Ontario Privacy Commissioner. It turns out that she wishes to use DRM technology to enforce "privacy", something many of us will understand to be counter-productive.

July 28, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Privacy Commissioner should investigate ISP web surveillance: CIPPIC

The following press release is from CIPPIC. For people wanting to learn more about these harmful activities, they may wish to listen to recent Security Now podcasts: 149: ISP Privacy, 151: Frakking Phorm, 153: Bad Phorm.

OTTAWA – The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), based at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, has asked the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to open an investigation into the internet service provider (ISP) industry’s controversial new practice of profiling users online to target them with advertising.

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