#CyberFLASH: Goodale to launch C-51 consultations on Thursday

ralph-goodalejpg-jpg-size-custom-crop-1086x784Opponents of the Harper government’s controversial national security legislation, C-51, will have the chance to officially voice their concerns to government starting Thursday, when Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale kicks off another round of consultations focused on Canada’s national security.

Goodale will make the announcement flanked by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould in Edmonton Thursday afternoon and it will make up the second part of a two-pronged review of Canada’s national security, the first of which launched last month with a focus on cyber security.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to fix “problematic elements” of C-51 during the 2015 election campaign, pledging to “guarantee that all Canadian Security Intelligence Service warrants respect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; establish an all-party national security oversight committee; ensure that Canadians are not limited from lawful protests and advocacy; require that government review all appeals by Canadians on the no-fly list; narrow overly broad definitions, such as defining “terrorist propaganda” more clearly; limit Communications Security Establishment’s powers by requiring a warrant to engage in the surveillance of Canadians; require a statutory review of the full Anti-Terrorism Act after three years; and prioritize community outreach and counter-radicalization, by creating the Office of the Community Outreach and Counter-radicalization Coordinator.”

Several of those items are already ticked off or soon to be: the government announced its plan for a committee tasked with reviewing national security activities in June and has begun the process of launching an office to help individuals whose names match those of people flagged on the no-fly list.

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#CyberFLASH: Public Safety Canada launches public consultation on cybersecurity landscape

image-2Public Safety Canada (PSC) has launched a public consultation on the “evolving cybersecurity landscape.”

On Tuesday, the federal government launched the Consultation on Cyber Security to help identify gaps and opportunities, bring forward new ideas to shape Canada’s renewed approach to cybersecurity and capitalize on the advantages of new technology and the digital economy, PSC said in a statement.

From now until Oct. 15, PSC will be leading the consultation by engaging stakeholders and Canadians on the trends and challenges of cybersecurity, as well as on new initiatives under consideration which will strive to build Canada’s resilience, capability and innovation in cybersecurity, the department said. Topics of the consultation include: the evolution of the cyber threat; the increasing economic significance of cybersecurity; the expanding frontiers of cybersecurity; and Canada’s way forward on cybersecurity.

The statement said that approximately 70% of Canadian businesses have been victim of cyberattacks, with an average cost of $15,000 per incident. In addition, the current global market for cybersecurity products and services is expected to grow to over $170 billion by 2020, and the job market for “cyber pros” is expected to rise by six million in the next four years, PSC reported.

Canada also has more computers per capita than any other country (129 devices per 100 people) and Canadians are the heaviest Internet users in the world, spending more than 40 hours online per person per month.

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