Openmedia.ca – According to online surveillance expert Ron Deibert, a secretive Canadian government agency is collecting our sensitive private information, giving them the power to “pinpoint not only who you are, but with whom you meet, with what frequency and duration, and at which locations.”
The key agency collecting our sensitive information is called the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), which the Globe And Mail describes as an “ultrasecretive Canadian electronic-eavesdropping agency”.
This is important: We need to know what private data is being collected and stored, and why.
Even the government’s own Privacy Commissioner’s Office has ominously stated, “we know very little specific information at this point, but we want to find out more”.
We need to use this moment—when privacy issues are in the spotlight—to get answers. Call on the government to stop this secretive spying scheme, and to tell Canadians exactly what’s going on. We deserve to know
Please sign the online petition and share widely!
We have grave concerns regarding the continued use of sections 9, 76-87 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which allow for the imprisonment in Canada of refugees and permanent residents under the authority of a “Security Certificate”.
We believe that the existing Security Certificate process is undemocratic; violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and violates fundamental human rights, to which the government of Canada has committed itself through the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on Refugees, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the UN Convention on Torture.
Accordingly, we demand that the Security Certificate process be abolished.
For those currently detained under security certificates, we demand:
• That their certificates be removed, and, if any case against them actually exists, that they be allowed to defend themselves in open, fair and independent trials with full disclosure of the case against them.
• That they not be deported.
Sign the statement now!