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Winnipeg Transit gave Peggo card travel history to police without warrants

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The Peggo card system allows bus officials to track the exact daily travel habits of thousands of passengers. (CBC News )

City officials confirm police requested data 4 times since March

By Jacques Marcoux, CBC News, June 7, 2017

Winnipeg Transit has handed over the private travel history of bus riders to law enforcement without requiring a warrant, CBC News has learned.

City officials confirmed that on four occasions since March of 2017, Winnipeg police have requested the data generated through the use of Peggo cards for a specific passenger to assist with an investigation. Read the rest of this entry

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CIA could listen through cellphones, smart TVs, WikiLeaks claims

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WikiLeaks claims the CIA has developed malware to eavesdrop through cellphones, and that it can bypass the encryption on apps including WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram. (Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press)

Leaks suggest spies can bypass encryption of messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram

The Associated Press, March 7, 2017

WikiLeaks on Tuesday published thousands of documents purportedly taken from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, a dramatic release that appears to provide an eye-opening look at the intimate details of America’s cyberespionage toolkit. Read the rest of this entry

Police seek more telecom surveillance powers

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“Give us the passwords… counter-surveillance is futile!”

Rogers, TekSavvy and others say the government hasn’t justified why it needs expanded digital powers

By Matthew Braga, CBC News, Dec 20, 2016

Rogers, TekSavvy, and a consortium of Canadian information technology companies are pushing back against proposed changes to Canada’s national security legislation. Read the rest of this entry

CSE tracks millions of downloads daily: Snowden documents

Graphic: Popular Resistance.

Graphic: Popular Resistance.

Global sites for sharing movies, photos, music targeted in mass anti-terror surveillance

By Amber Hildebrandt, Michael Pereira and Dave Seglins, CBC News Jan 27, 2015

Canada’s electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find extremist plots and suspects, CBC News has learned.

Details of the Communications Security Establishment project dubbed “Levitation” are revealed in a document obtained by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and recently released to CBC News. Read the rest of this entry

Police surveillance and tracking of your cell phone

Cell phone surveillanceThis article addresses the police use of new technologies to monitor and track the movements of people using cell phones or smart phones.  It highlights the vulnerabilities of such phones, especially for those that may be subject to surveillance (such as warriors).  Although the article does not go into other techniques, it is well known that such devices can also be turned into active listening devices even when turned off (by police or intelligence agencies secretly downloading “spyware” onto your phone, for example).  Read the rest of this entry