CCLA’s National Security: Get it Right! Campaign

CCLA is committed to ensuring that national security is protected without going overboard, and without the highly problematic provisions introduced in previous laws (including the infamous C-51). Bill C-59, introduced in June of 2017, makes significant changes to many aspects of the Canadian national security landscape.  CCLA’s Bill C-59: Get it Right! Campaign page has a great deal of both in-depth and accessible information about national security and this proposed bill (check out CCLA’s 10 Things to Know about Bill C-59). Much more to come!

Latest News

Lessons to learn from the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica Scandal

March 21, 2018

There is a lot of outrage, blame, and more than a few “I told you so’s” circulating this week about Facebook. News that Cambridge Analytica acquired and used data on 50 million Facebook users to deliberately manipulate millions more has people angry and afraid. What happened? A researcher, Alexandr Kogan, paid some users a small […]

CCLA Fights To Protect The Right to Vote

March 21, 2018

Today, CCLA is appearing before the Supreme Court in Frank v Canada to defend the fundamental right of all Canadian citizens to cast a ballot in a federal election. The Frank case challenges provisions of the Canada Elections Act that prohibits certain non-resident Canadians citizens from voting in federal elections. CCLA has intervened in this important case to argue that […]

NGOs call on Mr. Trudeau to enact national action plan on gender-based violence

March 8, 2018

Today, on International Women’s Day, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, among many other non-governmental organizations sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to recognize the government’s notable contributions to date to ending gender-based violence, and to call for further action and to develop a National Action Plan to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence in […]

Know Your Rights

What questions would you like answered for Privacy Day 2018?

Respond to CCLA’s 2018 Privacy Day Survey and tell us what privacy issues you think will matter most in 2018.

Privacy at the Border: Committee Report recommends Customs Act Update

December 22, 2017

Cell phones should not be considered a “good” at the border, and the Customs Act should be updated to reflect that fact, according to a recently released report from the federal Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. CCLA appeared before the Committee in their study Privacy of Canadians at Airports, Borders and […]


October 10, 2017

  If you’re planning any protesting, marching, or demonstrating, be safe, be careful, and know your rights.  Click here to download a 1-page PDF that outlines your rights and responsibilities at protests in Canada.   Print it. Stick it in your pocket. Go and protest!   SUPPORT CCLA

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