#FollowFriday: Privacy Players in Canada and Abroad

Friday, June 21, 2013

By: Stefan Rinas

#FollowFriday is an opportunity for CJFE to showcase individuals and groups doing important work in the field of free expression.

In a blog post last week, CJFE commended the work of Edward Snowden, whose recent whistleblowing actions have ignited a debate over the legality and propriety of government intelligence policies. Snowden’s identity was revealed in a video interview and companion article contributed to by The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald.

A former constitutional lawyer, Greenwald has written extensively on civil liberties and national security issues for The Guardian. You can find an index of his articles for The Guardian here, and you can follow him on Twitter @ggreenwald

Snowden’s actions have served to draw attention to the current and possible future capacities of Communications Security Establishment Canada (CESC) to collect Canadian’s information. A related concern is the CESC’s transparency regarding those practices, and Federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has been reported as intending to meet with the CESC commissioner to discuss the CESC’s increasing its transparency. You can follow the Privacy Commissioner’s office on Twitter @PrivacyPrivee

Earlier this year CJFE hosted an online discussion on digital privacy and free expression with Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian. During the discussion Commissioner Cavoukin stated: “There is a myth that privacy is dead which gets repeated frequently in the media. I'm concerned this could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” You can follow her office on Twitter @IPCinfoprivacy

Technology affairs critic Jesse Brown moderated the discussion. He has written on privacy issues for Maclean’s, and you can follow him on Twitter @jessebrown