Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era

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Years of surveillance-related leaks from US whistleblower Edward Snowden have fuelled an international debate over privacy, spying, and Internet surveillance. Much of the focus has centered on the role of the US National Security Agency, yet there is an important Canadian side to the story. The Communications Security Establishment, the Canadian counterpart to the NSA, has played an active role in surveillance activities both at home and abroad, raising a host of challenging legal and policy questions.
With contributions by leading experts in the field, Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era is the right book at the right time: From the effectiveness of accountability and oversight programs to the legal issues raised by metadata collection to the privacy challenges surrounding new technologies, this book explores current issues torn from the headlines with a uniquely Canadian perspective.

Author Bio

Michael Geist is Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. Professor Geist is a frequent commentator on privacy and intellectual property law issues and a syndicated columnist on technology law issues with a regular column appearing in the Toronto Star. He is the editor of The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law (University of Ottawa Press, 2013), as well as From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda (Irwin Law, 2010) and In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law (Irwin Law, 2005). Professor Geist has won numerous awards for his work including the Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2008, and Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada in 2003.

Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding Surveillance
  1. Canadian Internet “Boomerang” Traffic and Mass NSA Surveillance: Responding to Privacy and Network Sovereignty Challenges
    Andrew Clement and Jonathan A. Obar
  2. Forgotten Surveillance: Covert Human Intelligence Sources in Canada in a Post-9/11 World
    Steve Hewitt
Part II: Legal Issues
  1. Foreign Intelligence in an Inter-Networked World: Time for a Re-Evaluation
    Tamir Israel
  2. Lawful Illegality: What Snowden Has Taught Us about the Legal Infrastructure of the Surveillance State
    Lisa M. Austin
  3. Law, Logarithms, and Liberties: Legal Issues Arising from CSE’s Metadata Collection Initiatives
    Craig Forcese
Part III: Reforms and Accountability
  1. Permanent Accountability Gaps and Partial Remedies
    Kent Roach
  2. The Failure of Official Accountability and the Rise of Guerrilla Accountability
    Reg Whitaker
  3. Why Watching the Watchers Isn’t Enough: Canadian Surveillance Law in the Post-Snowden Era
    Michael Geist
  4. “Stuck on the Agenda: Drawing Lessons from the Stagnation of “Lawful Access” Legislation in Canada
    Christopher Parsons

Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era



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