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Shotspotter is not coming to Toronto, and that’s a win

February 14, 2019

CCLA argued against installing these audio surveillance devices, designed to detect gunshots and direct police deployment, from the beginning. We wrote to the Mayor. We spoke to the Toronto Police Services Board. And we spoke out publicly. This time, our voice–and the voices of others who also raised principled objections to purchasing and installing this […]

Mass surveillance challenge proceeds to Europe’s highest human rights court

February 5, 2019

Brenda McPhail Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project         CCLA and 9 partner organisations have made another step forward in our attempt to stop mass surveillance of the world’s networked communications systems. Today, our request for a referral to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has […]

A Victory For Democratic Rights at the Supreme Court

January 11, 2019

Rob De Luca Director of Democracy and the Rule of Law Program         Today, the Supreme Court of Canada has released its long awaited decision in Frank v Canada, striking provisions of the former Canada Elections Act that had prohibited certain non-resident Canadians citizens from voting in federal elections.   The […]

Presto Change-O Privacy Disappears!

January 2, 2019

Brenda McPhail Director of Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project         December 31 is the end of an era for Torontonians. It’s the last day, ever, that we can use a metropass on the Toronto Transit system. From January 1 2019, the Presto electronic payment system takes over, and that means that […]

National Security: Get It Right!

bill c-59: Get It right! What is Bill C-59 and why is it so important? This is a landmark moment for national security law in Canada. In June of 2017, the federal government introduced the most comprehensive overhaul of Canada’s national security laws in at least thirty years: Bill C-59. CCLA strongly believes in the […]

"We are here to lay bricks, not throw them." - Edward Snowden

CCLA Gala 2017 – Act for Freedom

The 2017 CCLA Gala on April 27, was a sold-out affair with more than 300 guests from the Toronto legal community, as well as prominent figures from the political and business worlds. The evening kicked off with perhaps the world’s best known whistleblower and our special guest honouree, Edward Snowden, who addressed the gathering live via video link […]


November 19, 2018

Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 For immediate release — TORONTO — The federal government has failed to meet its Ontario court-imposed deadline of tomorrow to fix its solitary confinement laws.  So it has to beg the Ontario Court of Appeal for an extension this week. “The feds have really bungled it this time,” said Michael Bryant, […]

Statistics Canada’s move to collect Canadians’ banking info goes too far

November 14, 2018

We must have a hard but essential public conversation about what kind of data is truly needed, in what quantity, and how and from whom it can be collected in ways that are demonstrably fair, privacy-protective and secure.

What you need to know about the new Police Record Checks Reform Act

November 1, 2018

On November 1, 2018, the Police Records Checks Reform Act (PRCRA) comes into force. Police record checks are searches of police databases that are conducted in order to screen a person to help determine their suitability for things like employment, volunteer position, a licence, etc. The new Act will standardize most police record checks in […]

‘This time we really mean it’ won’t cut it for bail reform

October 29, 2018

Fixing the broken law of bail cannot happen without some belated action by legislators meeting this week. That’s why, last month, 18 prominent civil society organizations and academics wrote to the Minister of Justice urging the government to adopt a concrete set of Criminal Code reforms. This may be the last opportunity for Ottawa to […]