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Privacy Plan

We wrote this report because privacy matters. 

Canada’s growing privacy deficit has alarming consequences for our everyday lives. We’re at a tipping point where we need to decide whether to continue evolving into a surveillance society, or whether to rein in the government’s spying apparatus before more lives are ruined by information disclosures. 

This crowdsourced plan outlines common sense steps to strengthen privacy safeguards for all of us.

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INTRODUCTION: PRIVACY MATTERS

We wrote this report because privacy matters. With each new spying revelation, it has become clear that Canada faces an alarming privacy deficit, with dangerous and lasting consequences for the health of our democracy, for our liberty, and for our daily lives. Strong privacy rights need to be at the heart of any healthy democracy, because they are the foundation of many other democratic rights we hold dear.

CHAPTER 2: HOW CANADIANS WANT TO ADDRESS OUR PRIVACY DEFICIT

Our crowdsourcing process identified three key concerns that Canadians want to see addressed in order to tackle our privacy deficit: i) warrantless access to personal information, ii) widespread dragnet surveillance of entire populations, iii) insufficient oversight and accountability of surveillance activities. From their input, and the many other elements of our crowdsourcing process, we have distilled three key recommendations:

CHAPTER 4: THE PROCESS: WORKING TOWARD A CROWDSOURCED PRO-PRIVACY AGENDA

Since our organization first engaged on privacy issues, our community has been clear that they wanted a voice in important decisions that affect their daily lives. In contrast to a government that seemed intent on exploiting secrecy around spy agency activities to further undermine Canadians’ privacy and exclude citizen voices from the debate, we decided to develop our plan through an open, transparent, and democratic process that all Canadians were invited to take part in.

CONCLUSION - LISTEN TO CANADIANS!

The key recommendations we’ve set out in this report are designed to meet the concerns of Canadians, and to ensure that every resident of Canada can live their online and offline lives without fear of being watched. These proposals should form the core ingredients of any future legislation that purports to safeguard the digital privacy of Canadians.

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