Digital Surveillance, Internet Privacy and "Lawful Access" Legislation

  • October 22, 2012 · 7:00 PM
  • SFU Harbour Centre

Ethics and Technology: Micheal Vonn on
Digital Surveillance, Internet Privacy and "Lawful Access" Legislation

Since the early 2000's, the government of Canada has been proposing to
expand the ability of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to
lawfully conduct surveillance and intercept or collect personal information of individuals.  The most recent iteration of this proposed "lawful access" legislation was Bill C-30 which was loudly denounced by civil society and received huge push-back from the public.  As a result, the legislation is currently on 'pause', but it is likely only a matter of time before the same or similar bill is reintroduced with a new marketing strategy.  This talk will unpack the components of Bill C-30, including how telecommunications service providers would be affected, how new lower standards of justification for surveillance will impact citizens' privacy rights and where the law is likely to meet with legal challenges on Charter grounds.

MICHEAL VONN is a lawyer and the Policy Director of the BC Civil
Liberties Association.  She has been an adjunct professor in the faculty of law at the University of British Columbia and an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, where she teaches information ethics and intellectual freedom.  Ms. Vonn is a frequent speaker on a variety of civil liberties topics including privacy, national security, policing, surveillance and free speech. She is an advisory board member of Privacy International.

Our meeting will take place on October 22, 2012, at 7:00pm in Room 7000 at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Vancouver, BC.

After the meeting our Swagmeister will raffle off a number of technical books and we will then adjourn to Steamworks for drinks and networking.

Hope to see you there.

b. PS: The "Atlas Project (Higgs-Boson), High Performance Computing and Linux" is still being worked on and will be rescheduled.

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  • Gleb V.

    great, just great

    October 24, 2012

  • Dallas V.

    This presentation pointed out serious privacy issues that all Canadians should be concerned about. Micheal Vonn gave an informative and sobering presentation on the state of surveillance and privacy erosion in Canada. The presentation was well worth attending.

    October 23, 2012

  • Rod B.

    Very well presented and great depth. A topic I'll be following from now on.

    October 23, 2012

  • Chris M.

    Excellent presenter and great topic.

    October 23, 2012

  • John W.

    Micheal Vonn was excellent as a speaker. Well worth the time spent listening to her.

    October 23, 2012

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