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Interagency Broadband Agreement Needs a Neutral, “All of Government” Approach

In Rights by Michael Rae

Today, TechFreedom filed reply comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Public Notice requesting comment on the interagency agreement entered into among the FCC, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) pursuant to the Broadband Interagency Coordination Act of 2020 (BICA) Reaqd more at TechFreedom.org

CCLA Intervening in Challenge to Sex Work Laws

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The CCLA recently filed its written argument in Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform v Canada. The case is a constitutional challenge launched by an alliance of sex worker organizations and current and former sex workers. It argues that the Criminal Code provisions that address the commercial exchange of sexual services violate sections 2(b), 2(d), 7 and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.    Some background on the case: in 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down three Criminal Code provisions which restricted certain activities related to sex work in Bedford …

CCLA REACTS TO ACS-LÉGER STUDY ON EFFECTS OF BILL 21

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 10, 2022 CCLA REACTS TO ACS-LÉGER STUDY ON EFFECTS OF BILL 21 TORONTO — Gillian Moore, Equality Program Director for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made the following statement: Today, the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) released the largest study of minority religious communities affected by Bill 21 – a law that bans religious symbols for certain public sector workers in Quebec, to date. The results are staggering, but unsurprising. Under the guise of advancing neutrality, social harmony and equality, Bill 21 disproportionately harms Muslim women – along with Sikhs, Jews, …

CCLA argues against expanded police detention powers at Supreme Court

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CCLA is intervening in a case before the Supreme Court to argue that the police should not be given an expanded power to arbitrarily detain drivers on private property.   Over thirty years ago the majority of a divided Supreme Court ruled that police could pull over drivers, questioned occupants, and demanded drivers’ identification without any suspicion of wrongdoing. It’s a roving, arbitrary detention power that has resulted in decades of discriminatory policing and harassment of racialized persons – both intentionally and due to unconscious bias.   In his dissent in that case, Justice Sopinka wrote that …

CCLA Calls for Moratorium on RCMP Surveillance ‘Tools’

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CCLA CALLS FOR MORATORIUM ON RCMP SURVEILLANCE ‘TOOLS’ August 9, 2022 TORONTO —  Brenda McPhail, Director of Privacy Technology and Surveillance Program for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made the following statement after her testimony at the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics: Instead of helping to fix vulnerabilities in software the RCMP has been exploiting them through advanced spyware. This is making us all less safe daily in the name of public safety. Our government agencies are encouraging an industry known for prioritizing profits over human rights and feeding the worst impulses …

CCLA in Federal Court, Fighting to Hold Government Accountable for Unprecedented Emergencies Act Use

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CCLA is in federal court today to protect meaningful judicial review of government action.  The hearing is part of the court case challenging the government’s unprecedented invocation of the Emergencies Act, which allowed the government to bypass typical democratic processes to limit constitutional rights across the country.   The arguments we are presenting today will highlight how – in this case and others – the federal government has been using cabinet privilege to try to shield an increasingly wide range of government information from meaningful scrutiny.  We filed our court case in February, just days after …

CCLA Appoints New Director, Equality Program

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CCLA APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR, EQUALITY PROGRAM August 8, 2022 TORONTO — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has appointed lawyer Gillian Moore as its Equality Program Director. Gillian joined CCLA from Stockwoods LLP, where she practiced law for several years. She previously clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, in The Hague. Before commencing her legal career, Gillian worked in humanitarian aid abroad, in East Africa. She received her B.A. (Hons) from Queen’s University, and her J.D. from the University …

2021-2022 Chernos High School Essay Contest Winners!

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Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Chernos winners for their ability to think critically about challenging dilemmas in a democratic society and balance competing interests compellingly! Each year, to help educate students on the importance of civil liberties, the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) holds a high school essay competition in honour of the late Bernard Chernos, a civil libertarian, lawyer, and lover of lively debate. We asked students across Canada to answer one of three questions dealing with a conflict of Charter rights and freedoms for a chance to win $500 and a copy of a book written by …

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FTC’s Digital Ad Guidelines Should Remain Flexible, Avoid a Prescriptive Approach to Disclosure

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Yesterday, TechFreedom filed comments regarding the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Request for Information (RFI) regarding revisions to the existing guidance on effective disclosures in digital advertising. We believe no significant changes are necessary to align the Guidelines with current agency practice—and that the most useful change would be an expansion Reaqd more at TechFreedom.org

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We’re Hiring: Google U.S. Public Policy Fellowship Program

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TechFreedom is excited to participate in the Fall 2022 Google Public Policy Fellowship Program. Undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy may apply to this program, which offers an opportunity to spend the fall semester working on the issues they’re interested in and gaining valuable professional Reaqd more at TechFreedom.org

CCLA Demands Immediate Repeal of Regulations Limiting Abortion Access in NB

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CCLA DEMANDS IMMEDIATE REPEAL OF REGULATIONS LIMITING ABORTION ACCESS IN NB July 27, 2022 TORONTO — In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the CCLA has once again called on the government of New Brunswick to repeal a regulation which limits access to abortion in the province. In their sent a letter to the Premier, Executive Director and General Counsel Noa Mendelsohn Aviv and Fundamental Freedoms Program Director Cara Zwibel urge the repeal of the Regulation that is currently the subject of a challenge before the New Brunswick court. The letter …

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Content Vendor Diversity Report Idea Is Ill-Conceived and Burdensome

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: media@techfreedom.org Today, TechFreedom filed comments to the Federal Communications Commission in response to the Petition for Rulemaking filed by FUSE, LLC (the “FUSE Petition”), requesting that the Commission begin a proceeding to establish a new Content Vendor Diversity Report (CVDR). While the goal of promoting diverse programming is Reaqd more at TechFreedom.org