CCLA's Submissions on Proposed Changes to CSIS Act (Bill C-44)

The government recently introduced Bill C-44, which would amend the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act to give CSIS greater powers to engage in intelligence-gathering activities outside of Canada.  The Bill would also create a new privilege for human sources that provide information to CSIS on a promise of confidentiality.  While the CCLA recognizes that intelligence [...]

CCLA Urges Restraint in Responding to Recent Tragedies: An Open Letter to Members of Parliament

The tragic events of last week have led to discussions about new powers for police and intelligence agencies.  CCLA is troubled by this narrative and has written to Members of Parliament urging them to consider what is at stake as new laws and policies are considered in the weeks and months that follow.  Read our [...]

CCLA Calls for Press Access to Omar Khadr

We understand that for two years, members of the press have been denied requests to interview Omar Khadr, by Correctional Service Canada.  At the same time, many statements about Mr. Khadr have been made by government officials to the media.  The Toronto Star, CBC, and White Pine pictures have filed an action for judicial review [...]

A Win at the Supreme Court on Internet Privacy

The Supreme Court of Canada has rendered its decision in R. v. Spencer, a case that considered the privacy interests that an individual has in Internet activities and affirmed that anonymity is a key component of the right to privacy.  The Court also clarified a point of long-standing disagreement between privacy advocates and law enforcement [...]

CCLA Reacts to Nomination of new Privacy Commissioner

Prime Minister Harper announced his nomination of Daniel Therrien as the next Privacy Commissioner of Canada.  Mr. Therrien is currently serving as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Public Safety, Defence and Immigration Portfolio, at the Department of Justice and the appointment will have to be approved by resolution of the House of Commons and Senate.   [...]