State Surveillance

The Issue

Documents released by Edward Snowden have revealed a degree of state surveillance that exceeds almost everyone’s worst fears.  What is unknown are the full effects pervasive surveillance is having on individual action and decision-making and the viability of our democratic institutions.

Why It Matters

Intellectual privacy is essential for free expression. It is the privacy that shields us from surveillance as we generate and explore ideas, discuss them with confidants, and prepare to express our thoughts and engage in action in our everyday lives and in the public domain.

Our Work

The Centre for Free Expression explores the extent, nature and effects of surveillance. Our focus is to create greater public awareness and understanding of these issues and to promote discussion of laws, policies and practices that ensure democratic and human rights are not compromised

Resources
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Guide/Advice: Can I Send Books to Prisoners?

PEN Canada


Guide/Advice: Public Photography is No Crime

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Guide/Advice: Can the Police Search my Phone?

PEN Canada


Podcast: You’re being watched: How we can expose the watchers and protect our rights

Edward Snowden’s documents are a gold mine of information about how we are being watched. Light will look at privacy, the role of telecommunications providers, key surveillance programs and   introduce the Snowden Archive-in-a-Box


Past Event: You’re being watched: How we can expose the watchers and protect our rights

Speaker: Evan Light

Discussants: Andrew Clement and Brenda McPhail