Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)

Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)

An independent software author to Michael Geist: Thank you.

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. On his public website he has released a series of articles titled 32 Questions and Answers on C-32's Digital Lock Provisions. This is a great summary of some of the concerns, written not by a technical person like myself, but by a law professor who is independent of any special interest groups.

Privacy Commissioner should investigate ISP web surveillance: CIPPIC

The following press release is from CIPPIC. For people wanting to learn more about these harmful activities, they may wish to listen to recent Security Now podcasts: 149: ISP Privacy, 151: Frakking Phorm, 153: Bad Phorm.

OTTAWA – The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), based at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, has asked the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to open an investigation into the internet service provider (ISP) industry’s controversial new practice of profiling users online to target them with advertising.

CIPPIC opens Bell/Rogers internet throttling investigation

Multiple sources (Save Out Net, Howard Knopf) have indicated that CIPPIC is interested in hearing from individuals who have been subject to 'throttling' of their high speed internet connection. If you are currently subscribed, or once were a subscriber of either Bell or Rogers' high speed services and would like to express your concerns, please contact Robert Hester at CIPPIC.

Canadian Consumer Groups Call for Copyright Laws that Put Canada First

For Immediate Release

(June 5, 2008, Ottawa, Ontario) A coalition of Canadian consumer advocates has released an open letter to Canada’s ministers responsible for Canadian copyright policy calling on the Canadian government to ensure that any changes to Canada’s copyright laws put Canadian consumers first. The coalition of leading consumer groups, representing thousands of Canadian consumers, includes Union des consommateurs, Option consommateurs, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), the Consumers Council of Canada, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), and the grassroots digital activism organization, Online Rights Canada.

“The numbers floated around about how much software piracy is out there have no bearing in reality.”

David Fewer, staff counsel at the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), was quoted in an article by Vawn Himmelsbach discussing software copyright infringement, counterfeiting, and possible public policy responses.

On an individual level, most software companies don't mind a little bit of piracy, he said.

Microsoft would much rather have university students using a pirated version of Windows as opposed to Linux or – God forbid – Apple.

CIPPIC calls for public registry of data breaches

From CIPPIC.


CIPPIC calls for Public Registry of Data Breaches and Limits to Online Collection of Kids’ Data

Responding to a federal government consultation on reform of data protection law, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (“CIPPIC”) is calling for the establishment of a centralized, electronic registry of corporate data breaches that would be publicly-accessible. CIPPIC is a legal clinic based at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.

CIPPIC Calls for Copyright Consultation

CIPPIC today sent a letter (PDF) to Industry Minister jim Prentice and Heritge Minister Josee Verner calling for wide consultation on copyright legislation. Noting that copyright is a regulatory law with implications for innovation, privacy, security, education, trade, culture and consumer policy, CIPPIC goes on to observe that "the events of December, 2007, demonstrate that Canadians are alive to these issues and will demand copyright policies that are fair and attentive to Canada’s interests."

CIPPIC welcomes new Telecommunications Consumer Agency

News Release: Ottawa, ON, Dec.20, 2007

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today released its decision on the mandate and structure of a new, industry-funded body to handle consumer complaints about telecommunications services.

CSIA (Canadian Software Innovation Alliance), CLUE, Bob Young and I

I want to clarify the roll I play in CLUE: The Canadian Association for Open Source, and my involvement with the Canadian Software Innovation Alliance. This article is my strong endorsement of CSIA, and my suggestion that all Free/Libre and Open Source Software companies and professionals join CSIA. I also want to promote the CSIA White Paper just released.

NEWS RELEASE: ID Theft Initative welcome but not enough, says CIPPIC

The Conservative Government today proposed amendments to the Criminal Code designed to make it easier for police to catch identity thieves. The changes include a new offence for possessing personal information of others with intent to commit fraud (under the current law, a suspect must have committed, or be in the act of committing, fraud before charges can be laid).

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