MORE TRADITIONAL METHODS OF SURVEILLANCE MIGHT BE MORE VALUABLE FOR CONTACT-TRACING THAN SMARTPHONE APPS – AND PERHAPS MORE INTRUSIVE

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There has been a vigorous global debate about the use of smartphone contact-tracing apps as valuable tools to monitor and curtail the spread of COVID-19.  We should not forget, however, that there are many other ways to track location through the analysis of the routine records that organizations capture about our behavior and transactions.     Proponents see smart-phone apps as valuable tools …

BILL C-51 AND NO FLY-LISTS: STILL TOO DANGEROUS TO FLY YET TOO INNOCENT TO ARREST

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Part Two of the Government’s Anti-Terrorism legislation (C-51) comprises the Secure Air Travel Act (SATA), which formalizes the rules for the operation of Canada’s no-fly list (or the Specified Persons List).  It has not yet received much analysis in comparison with the more controversial  provisions on the new powers for CSIS, and the expansion of the information-sharing provisions, both superbly covered in …