Explore current civil liberties issues arising in the news, before the courts, in government and in the streets.


This page includes two great sources to learn more about current issues relating to civil liberties in Canada.

First, CCLA is now excited to include  in-depth breakdowns of new bills and legislation and other new material produced by volunteers, under the heading “Current Issues”.

This space is also the new home of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s longstanding rights and freedoms monitoring blog, RightsWatch. RightsWatch is a joint project of CCLA and Pro Bono Students Canada. Updated and maintained by law students across the country, it compiles local and national news and events regarding basic rights and freedoms in Canada.

The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent CCLA or Pro Bono Students Canada’s policies or positions. For official publications, key reports, position papers, legal documentation, and up-to-date news about CCLA’s work check out the In Focus section of our website.

Current Issues

In the News: Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act

May 13, 2015

Overview The Digital Privacy Act, otherwise known as Bill S-4, was an act to amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). The amendments follow the 2007 statutory review of PIPEDA by the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. [1] The Bill was reported by the Standing Committee on Industry, […]