Canadian fights charges for not giving up phone password at airport
Tue 17 Mar 2015, 17:38

A Quebec man charged with obstructing border officials by refusing to give up his smartphone password says he will fight the charge. 

Alain Philippon, 38, of Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Que., refused to divulge his cellphone password to Canada Border Services Agency during a customs search Monday night at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

Philippon had arrived in Halifax on a flight from Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. He's been charged under section 153.1 (b) of the Customs Act for hindering or preventing border officers from performing their role under the act. According to the CBSA, the minimum fine for the offence is $1,000, with a maximum fine of $25,000 and the possibility of a year in jail. Philippon did not want to be interviewed but said he intends to fight the charge since he considers the information on his phone to be "personal."

Access comments the EU revised proposal on airline passenger data sharing
Tue 21 Apr 2015, 14:40

On 26 February 2015, MEP Timothy Kirkhope presented to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties (LIBE) a revised draft of the European Union Passenger Name Records proposal (see revisions here).

Unfortunately, this latest revision to the PNR proposal doesn’t make many improvements when it comes to protecting private information. To make matters worse, several MEPs have proposed extending this type of data collection to other means of transport. This reinforces our concern that adoption of the PNR proposal could lead to the normalisation of mass surveillance, spreading to other areas of EU citizens’ personal life.

Data protection reform on track for adoption in 2015
Wed 24 Jun 2015, 21:20

Read Commissioner 's Jourová remarks after the launch of the Data protection regulation trilogue: We are on track to adopt the data protection reform in 2015.


Join the global privacy campaign: no personal information in the publicly searchable WHOIS directory
Fri 26 Jun 2015, 18:00

A global campaign to prevent ICANN's inclusion of domain owners' personal information in the publicly searchable WHOIS directory has been launched. Users concerned about privacy are encouraged to sign the online petition and email comments directly to ICANN before July 7, 2015. ICANN has already received nearly 8000 emails protesting the removal of WHOIS privacy protections. ICANN stated that no changes will be made until all public comments are reviewed.

More information is available on

Almost all "right to be forgotten" requests came from private individuals
Thu 16 Jul 2015, 00:00

95% of all the "right to be forgotten" requests made to Google up to March 2015 came from everyday members of the public seeking to remove links to private information. The new data show that just five percent of the nearly 220,000 delinking requests concerned criminals, politicians, or public officials.

ICANN considers banning privacy services
Wed 15 Jul 2015, 20:00

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is proposing a new Internet policy which comes at the expense of human rights, especially privacy and freedom of speech. The proposed rules are addressed to companies that provide WHOIS privacy/proxy services (which restrict access to domain registrant information) and limit their availability to individuals only, denying this service to organisations.