Electronic Frontier Canada (EFC) was founded to ensure that the
principles embodied in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
remain protected as new computing, communications,
and information technologies are introduced into Canadian society.
La Frontière Électronique du Canada
a été fondée
pour garantir que les principes énoncés
dans la Charte canadienne des Droits et des Libertés
lors de l'introduction dans la société canadienne
des nouvelles technologies de calcul, de communication, et d'information.
According to the March 11 Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Eric Daniel Head,
Matthew Head, and Barry Head are being sued by Yahoo! Inc under terms
of the US's new anti-spam legislation. Yahoo! accuses the Heads of
sending almost 100 million e-mail messages to its subscribers.
EFC's Vice-President Jeffrey Shallit appeared in interviews
on CH TV and in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record. He cautioned
that legislative solutions to spam may not be the best route to follow.
February/March 2004: EFC intervenes in CRIA suit
EFC has petitioned the court to intervene in the Canadian
Recording Industry Association's suit attempt to get
ISP's to reveal the names of net users they say are
violating copyright law. See this article in the Toronto Star.
EFC's petition was granted and is being heard in court on March 12, 2004.
Here is our court submission.
February/March 2004: CIPPIC intervenes in CRIA suit
CIPPIC, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic at
the University of Ottawa, has intervened in the
recent CRIA suit.
See their document here.
February 2004: Paul Bryan appeals in election law case
Paul Bryan was acquitted of violating Canada's election law in a web-posting
case in October 2003. The Attorney General of Canada has appealed.
More details here.
November 2003: EFC invited appearance at Canadian Association of
EFC's Vice-President Jeffrey Shallit
spoke on a panel at the invitation of
the Canadian Association of Broadcasters in November 2003.
More details to follow.
CIRA hosts June 2003 Meeting of ICANN
CIRA, the non-profit corporation that handles the Canadian .ca domain,
will be hosting a meeting of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned
Names and Numbers) in Montreal, June 22-26, 2003. More information
National ID Card Threatens Privacy
EFC's Richard Rosenberg
testified in Vancouver on February 19 before the House Standing
Committee on Citizenship and Immigration in opposition to Bill C-18 and the creation
of a national ID card. Here are his remarks
and an unedited transcript of
The Net Routes Around Censorship
Robert Pickton, 53, is facing 15 counts of first-degree murder
in connection with the disappearances of more than 50 women
from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
As sometimes occurs in high profile cases like this,
there is a publication ban.
Read Privacy Commissioner George Radwanski's
Annual Report, where he warns
that the Canadian government is rapidly eroding personal privacy in the wake of September 11.
Election Law Challenge
Paul Bryan challenged the portion of Canada's election law dealing with early
release of results. Judge Kerry Smith has
now ruled that although the law
does violate the Charter's guarantee of free expression, that violation is
justifiable in a free and democratic society.
for a brief summary.
Bryan received support from EFC in this challenge.