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Queen's University experts want new rules on surveillance and privacy

2014-05-23

Queen's University surveillance experts are calling for a complete transformation in the way Canada regulates government surveillance and personal privacy.

Speaking following the launch of the Ottawa Statement on Mass Surveillance in Canada, a set of seven demands were forwarded to the government. These demands were signed by over 20 national organizations and 40 experts and based on the Transparent Lives report produced by the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen's.

“From collaboration with the American NSA to mass collection of communications metadata, surveillance in Canada is running out of control,” says David Murakami Wood (Queen’s Surveillance Studies Centre). “We need greater transparency from the government about their activities and much tighter regulation to protect the privacy that Canadians are supposed to enjoy. And, above all, we need to have an open and participatory process designed to completely rethink how the Canadian government can protect the information rights of Canadian people in the coming age of big data and ubiquitous surveillance.”

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officer Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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