#CyberFLASH: Global cyberbullying target of Five Eyes meeting hosted by Canada

justice-minister-peter-mackay-2Canada has formed an international working group with its Five Eyes intelligence allies in an attempt to combat the cross-border threats posed by cyberbullying, Justice Minister Peter MacKay revealed Monday.

MacKay said Canada hosted a meeting of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing community — which includes the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand — in the last two weeks.

The minister said a working group has been established that will produce a report on how to combat threats posed by international online predators who threaten young people.

“We just recently hosted, in the last 10 days, a meeting here in Ottawa specific to that question of how we do a better job of sharing our efforts, sharing our information,” MacKay said.

“The working group is from the Five Eyes.”

Canada’s new cyberbully law went on the books late last year, giving police more online surveillance powers.

Canada studying UK model

MacKay said more needs to be done to deal with the fact that online predators can strike at young people from foreign countries.

One tragic example was a criminal case that came to an end last fall when a former Minnesota nurse was sentenced to three years in prison after using the Internet to persuade an 18-year-old Canadian woman and a 32-year-old English man to commit suicide.

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Data-collection program got green light from MacKay in 2011


Defence Minister Peter MacKay approved a secret electronic eavesdropping program that scours global telephone records and Internet data trails – including those of Canadians – for patterns of suspicious activity.

Mr. MacKay signed a ministerial directive formally renewing the government’s “metadata” surveillance program on Nov. 21, 2011, according to records obtained by The Globe and Mail. The program had been placed on a lengthy hiatus, according to the documents, after a federal watchdog agency raised concerns that it could lead to warrantless surveillance of Canadians.

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MacKay presses Chinese minister on cyberattacks

li-mackay-singapore-0452039Defence Minister Peter MacKay said he laid down clear “markers” Monday in talks in Beijing on how to curb cyberattacks originating in China.

MacKay told his counterpart, Gen. Chang Wanquan, that Canada expects China to establish a “greater rapport” with other countries and play by a “rules-based framework” on the internet.

“I did lay down markers with my defence counterpart here in China, made it very clear that this is an issue of real concern to Canada,” MacKay said in a telephone interview from Beijing, where he became the first Western defence minister to hold talks with China’s new defence minister on his home turf.

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North American defense ministers launch joint security forum

Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay, who hosted the gathering in Ottawa, said he and his counterparts from Mexico and the United States decided to develop a common assessment of threats facing the continent and to cooperate to address them.

Key among the common security concerns are illegal drug trafficking, organized crime, disaster response and cyber security – a growing concern in a region where officials say critical infrastructure like electrical grids often do not stop at the borders.

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