Did you realize data collected and retained by your telecom company can be shared with government agencies? According to the Michael Geist website, "Every 27 seconds. Minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day, week after week, month after month. Canadian telecommunications providers, who collect massive amounts of data about their subscribers, are asked to disclose basic subscriber information to Canadian law enforcement agencies every 27 seconds." 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.
Open Media now has a tool to assist Canadians in finding out what information was provided to Third Parties and Government. This tool simplifies the process of requesting information from telecom providers about the information they collect, and about their disclosure of personal information to third parties and creates a formal letter requests which, under Canadian privacy law, telecom companies are legally obliged to respond to within 30 days.
The tool’s launch follows recent revelations from the federal Privacy Commissioner that the government obtained the private information of over 785,000 Canadians from telecom providers without a warrant in just a single 12 month period - a practice the Supreme Court of Canada ruled is unconstitutional on Friday, June 13 2014.