#CyberFLASH: Privacy issues could not be ignored in 2014

hackers.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxIt’s been a year like no other for those who follow the privacy, telecommunications and online security debate in Canada.

It started with a bombshell revelation that Canada’s electronic spying agency CSEC had monitored Canadians at airports and elsewhere within the country, apparently in contravention of the law. That was followed by a series of data breaches, court rulings, new legislation and a robust public debate about when and how citizens’ personal data can and should be accessed.

To help put 2014 in perspective, we spoke with telecom and cybersecurity expert Christopher Parsons, post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab and managing director of the Telecom Transparency Project, to review how the discussions around privacy shifted in 2014 and what to expect in the new year.

Postmedia: Looking back on a year of new privacy legislation, Supreme Court rulings and yet more Snowden revelations about how much governments are spying on us, what were the biggest takeaways for you as a researcher who studies these things?

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