Leaders in #Vancouver and #Seattle talk about a #tech corridor between the two cities

Next Big Tech Corridor? Between Seattle and Vancouver, Planners Hope

There’s plans in the works to create a tech corridor between Seattle and Vancouver. A report from the New York Times found ideas being thrown around for a dedicated lane for self-driving vehicles.

“A group of Seattle techies proposed … a dedicated lane for autonomous vehicles on Interstate 5, the highway connecting Seattle to the Canadian border. The plan — which relies on autonomous vehicles that still need a lot of work — would not shave much time off the commute between the cities, but could make the ride less tedious by letting travelers work or watch a movie, said Tom Alberg, a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle venture capital firm, and an author of the proposal.”

Other ideas may include a high speed rail line. It was stated in the report that the housing costs in Vancouver are higher than San Francisco while the average tech Salary in Vancouver at $49,000 is about half the salary paid in San Francisco.

 

 

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Teach your kids to code

This May, No Starch Press will release the next in its line of bestselling programming books for young people, Teach Your Kids to Code (336 pp., $29.95, ISBN 9781593276140). Unlike prior bestsellers like Python for Kids (more than 40,000 copies sold), Lauren Ipsum(recipient of a starred Kirkus review), and Super Scratch Programming Adventure! (more than 35,000 copies sold),Teach Your Kids to Code is designed to help parents and educators teach their kids, students, and even themselves basic Python programming and problem-solving.

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Teach your kids to code

Filled with visual and colorful game-oriented examples sure to hold a young programmer’s attention, the step-by-step explanations in Teach Your Kids to Code will have kids learning computational thinking in no time. They’ll explore geometry using Python’s Turtle graphics module, learn basic syntax, then build fun, playable games, like War, Yahtzee, and Pong. Simple, plain English explanations of programming concepts demystify ideas like loops, lists, functions, and variables and will have kids on the fast track to making their own cool games and applications.

According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, “Rather than serve as a tool for kids to learn from on their own, Teach Your Kids to Code is designed as a resource to help parents and teachers teach kids to program—together. Think of it as a kind of ‘let’s play catch or kick a soccer ball,’ but the ball is code and the fun comes in learning to program, as a team.”

Teach Your Kids to Code is sure to be the perfect companion to an introductory programming class, after school meet-up, programming club, or any similar event designed to meet the needs of kids who want to learn to program. It will be available in bookstores everywhere this May.

Plentyoffish Media Inc. charged with alleged CASL violation

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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced this week that Plentyoffish Media Inc. has paid $48,000 as part of an undertaking for an alleged violation of Canada’s anti-spam legislation.

Acting on complaints submitted by Canadians, the CRTC’s Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer launched an investigation. Plentyoffish Media had allegedly sent commercial emails to registered users of the Plenty of Fish online dating service with an unsubscribe mechanism that was not clearly and prominently set out, and which could not be readily performed, as required by the legislation. The emails sent by Plentyoffish Media notified users of services available through their registration to the dating site. The alleged violation occurred between July 1, 2014 and October 8, 2014.

Once made aware of the investigation by the CRTC, Plentyoffish Media updated its unsubscribe mechanism to comply with the legislation.

As part of the undertaking, Plentyoffish Media will develop and implement a compliance program to ensure that its activities are compliant with Canada’s anti-spam legislation. The compliance program will include training and education for staff and corporate policies and procedures.

The CRTC is assessing all complaints submitted to the Spam Reporting Centre that are under its mandate and a number of investigations are currently underway. The CRTC is working with its partners, both within Canada and internationally, to protect Canadians from online threats and contribute to a more secure online environment.

The CRTC can discuss corrective actions with individuals, firms or organizations, which may lead to an undertaking that includes an amount to be paid and other corrective measures.  As part of its powers, the CRTC can also issue warning letters, preservation demands, notices to produce, restraining orders and notices of violation.

Canadians are encouraged to report spam to the Spam Reporting Centre. The information sent to the Centre is used by the CRTC, the Competition Bureau, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to enforce Canada’s anti-spam law.

CRTC encourages innovative use of digital media

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ruled in favour of innovation by dismissing a complaint which stated that Rogers Media was granting undue preference to its subscribers by providing them with exclusive content through its online service GamePlus.

To encourage creative ways of presenting content and the creation of compelling content for digital media, including Internet and mobile video services, the CRTC allows companies to offer exclusive content to their subscribers, as long as it is not created mainly for traditional television.

The CRTC considers that the programming available on GamePlus is essentially produced for distribution on digital media. As such, it can be offered exclusively and does not constitute an undue preference in favour of Rogers subscribers. In the CRTC’s view, Rogers is in compliance with the established rules.Rogers GamePlus

GameCentre Live is a service operated by Rogers to which all Canadians can subscribe to to access National Hockey League games online. GamePlus is a complementary service to GameCentre Live, available online only, and offered exclusively to Rogers subscribers. GamePlus provides access to bonus content, such as replays not available on the traditional television broadcast, exclusive analysis and interviews, and different camera angles.

The CRTC recently issued several decisions related to the Let’s Talk TV conversation, and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. The new regulatory framework taking shape is focused on the future, and fosters the creation of content for digital media platforms.

OpenMedia throws support behind National Day of Action against Bill C-51

harperprivacyDigital rights group OpenMedia is throwing its support behind a massive National Day of Action against Bill C-51 this Saturday March 14. Sparked by concerned citizens on social media platforms Facebook, and reddit, events are being organized right across Canada, from Victoria to Halifax. OpenMedia is supporting the day of action by launching an online action platform to allow those speaking out against C-51 at http://StopC51.ca

Public opinion is rapidly turning against the bill, with a recent EKOS opinion poll revealing that only 29% of Canadians would give up personal privacy safeguards to boost spy agency powers. Over 75,000 people have already spoken out online in recent weeks calling on Prime Minister Harper to rein in the unaccountable powers and violations of our civil liberties contained in Bill C-51.

“This bill encourages reckless sharing of our sensitive private information, dangerous new powers for CSIS, and offers zero accountability or oversight,” said Steve Anderson, OpenMedia Executive Director. “Everyone knows the Conservative government is bad on privacy issues, but Bill C-51 takes it to a whole new level.”

Anderson continued: “That’s why we’re joining with Canadians from across the political spectrum to take to the streets this Saturday. It’s not something we do very often, but C-51 is so reckless and dangerous it calls for all of us to do all that we can to speak out. There will be a steep political price to pay at election time for these reckless, dangerous, and ineffective privacy intrusions.”

When OpenMedia initially came out against Bill C-51, there were few standing up to oppose the proposed legislation. Now former prime Ministers, independent Conservative MPs, the government’s own privacy commissioner, a huge range of organizations, and even media outlets, have all come out against C-51.

Citizens are concerned that Bill C-51 would greatly expand the powers of CSIS, to the point where the Globe and Mail warns it will create a “secret police force”. If the bill passes, no fewer than 17 government agencies and even foreign governments will be granted access to Canadians’ sensitive private information.

OpenMedia’s core concerns are that Bill C-51 is:
1.    Reckless: It turns CSIS into a ‘secret police’ force with little oversight or accountability.
2.    Dangerous: It opens the door for violations of our Charter Rights including censorship of free expression online.
3.    Ineffective: It will lead to dragnet surveillance and information sharing on innocent Canadians that even Stephen Harper has admitted is ineffective.

Canadians can learn more about Bill C-51 at https://StopC51.ca. They can also join or create their own local event at http://action.stopc51.ca

About OpenMedia

OpenMedia is an award-winning community-based organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open Internet. We work toward informed and participatory digital policy by engaging hundreds of thousands of people in protecting our online rights

Through campaigns such as StopTheMeter.ca and StopSpying.ca, OpenMedia.ca has engaged over half-a-million Canadians, and has influenced public policy and federal law.

About OpenMedia’s privacy campaign

OpenMedia.ca led the successful StopSpying.ca campaign that forced the government to back down on its plans to introduce a costly, invasive, and warrantless online spying law (Bill C-30). Nearly 150,000 Canadians took part in the campaign. To learn more, see this infographic.

Last October, OpenMedia.ca joined with over 60 major organizations and over a dozen academic experts to form the Protect Our Privacy Coalition, which is the largest pro-privacy coalition in Canadian history. The Coalition is calling for effective legal measures to protect the privacy of every resident of Canada against intrusion by government entities.

OpenMedia.ca and the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) are working together to put a stop to illegal government surveillance against law-abiding Canadians. OpenMedia.ca has launched a national campaign encouraging Canadians to support a BCCLA legal action which aims to stop illegal spying by challenging the constitutionality of the government’s warrantless collection of data on Canadians’ everyday Internet use.

Wearables market predicted to leap to 51 million sales in 2015

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GfK’s trends data shows that 13.5 million health and fitness trackers were sold globally last year, compared to 4.1 million smartwatches. With major companies expected to enter the market this year, GfK predicts that the combined market will leap to 51.2 million sales in 2015 – three times the size of 2014 – with both segments showing equal importance in this converging market.

Last year, actual sales of health and fitness trackers (HFT) easily outstripped smartwatches. This was driorbitven, in part, by the significantly lower average sales price of HFT, making these devices more affordable than full-feature smartwatches. Another reason for the higher popularity of HFT (according to a GfK survey of 5000 smartphone owners across five countries[1]) is a majority of consumers see activity tracking as being the most important function of a wearable – including a smartwatch – now.

Dr Jan Wassmann, Global Product Manager for Wearables at GfK, comments, “Many consumers are not yet aware of the added benefits a smartwatch has to offer. We believe this will now change, driven by the marketing efforts of the industry this year. Added to this, there is a clear convergence of both segments, which started in the second half of 2014 – and we see this driving market growth. HFT manufacturers are introducing new models which incorporate smart functions, such as reading notifications and messages. And many new smartwatches now come with heart rate sensors and activity tracking capabilities and are being marketed as hybrid fitness devices.”

GfK expects the smartwatch market, in particular, to grow massively, boosted also by a growing sub-segment of independent devices with include a SIM card to connect directly to cellular networks – making these more akin to existing smart phones. GfK’s survey[1] found that over half (56 percent) of smartphone owners interviewed across five countries see this as an important capability that makes them more likely to buy a smartwatch, as it gives them the freedom to leave their smart phone at home. In addition wearable growth is likely to be driven by more fashionable designed devices (e.g. analogue smartwatches) or sensors included in jewelry, which will be more appealing to female consumers – an important segment which has remained almost untapped so far.

The biggest contribution to these global volumes is not surprisingly coming from the developed regions. In particular Western Europe will catch up with North America, which predominantly drove market growth in the past.

Although Western European markets, like many other regions, did not see the expected uptake for the first three quarters of 2014, volumes jumped in the fourth quarter – driven by strong holiday sales and new model launches by known manufacturers. In Europe’s biggest markets, Germany, Great Britain and France, actual sales[3] in Q4 accounted for 36 percent of the total volume sold in 2014. This leads to the conclusion that wearables are a popular gift during the holiday season and give an optimistic outlook for 2015.

About the surveys

GfK self-funded survey of 5000 smartphone owners in China, Germany, South Korea, UK and US. Online interviews were conducted in October 2014. The study findings are available (upon free registration) here: http://www.gfk.com/Industries/technology/Pages/Wearables.aspx

SOURCE GfK

Bang & Olufsen Opens Second Showroom location in Vancouver

Bang & Olufsen, the Danish provider of exclusive, high quality audio and video products, today announces the grand opening of a new sensory showroom in Vancouver, Canada.  Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi Centre is located on 433 Carrall Street (in Gastown District) in a shop-in-shop retail format with Vancouver-based A/V retailer Hi-Fi Center.  The new showroom will feature the complete Bang & Olufsen product portfolio of high-end, custom made audio and video equipment as well as the B&O PLAY collection of portable music systems, headphones and premium wireless speakers aimed at the digital generation.  The showroom is significant as it is the first showroom in Canada to introduce the newly redesigned retail concept store and is the second Bang & Olufsen retail showroom to occupy Vancouver (alongside Bang & Olufsen South Granville).

Bang & Olufsen Opens Second Showroom location in Vancouver, Canada

“We are happy to heighten our retail presence in Vancouver and introduce our next generation retail concept to local residents and tourists,” states Jacob Siboni, Director of North American Sales, Bang & Olufsen. “With the opening of the new Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi Centre showroom, brand enthusiasts will encounter impeccable sound, Danish design and a complete sensory experience.”

Originating from Denmark, Bang & Olufsen was founded in 1925 and offers state-of-the-art audio and video products for music lovers, tech gurus and style seekers alike. Their range of products includes televisions with razor-sharp picture quality, music systems with magical user elements and high-performance loudspeakers with a second-to-none sound experience.  Additionally, B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen will feature its new collection of portable sound systems and TV’s aimed at the digital generation.

“We are excited to incorporate the award-winning Bang & Olufsen portfolio to Hi-Fi Centre’s new store location. The new retail concept by Bang & Olufsen, is a perfect fit for our location, and underscores Bang & Olufsen’s commitment to providing extraordinary consumer experiences,” states Igor Kivritsky, owner of Hi-Fi Centre.

A Grand Opening customer event will be held on Friday, Feb 27 at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Guests will experience the new and award-winning, innovative television, BeoVision Avant – “the one that moves”. BeoVision Avant has sublime Ultra High Definition (4K) video performance and jaw-dropping acoustic authenticity  built in. The new television also amazes with magical convenience and mechanical movement – and of course the discrete but powerful sound panel that unfolds when the television is on.

To preview the revolutionary BeoVision Avant and the new Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi Centre showroom, RSVP to rsvp@hificentre.com

To learn more about the new BeoVision Avant, please view its product page: http://www.bang-olufsen.com/en/picture/beovision-avant

Bang & Olufsen was founded in Struer, Denmark, in 1925 by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, two innovative, young engineers devoted to high quality audio reproduction. Since then, the brand has become an icon of performance and design excellence through its long-standing craftsmanship tradition and the strongest possible commitment to high-tech research and development.

Still at the forefront of domestic technology, Bang & Olufsen has extended its comprehensive experience with integrated audio and video solutions for the home to other areas such as the hospitality and automotive industries in recent years. Consequently, its current product range epitomizes seamless media experiences in the home as well as in the car and on the move. For more information on Bang & Olufsen, please visit www.bang-olufsen.com.

Hi-Fi Centre Vancouver is a 30-year-old, family-owned business, founded by Alex Kivritsky.  It represents some of the finest manufacturers of high-performance audio, home theatre, whole-house audio, compact systems, and headphones.

 

SOURCE Bang & Olufsen

CIRA says E-commerce is going mobile

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The 2015 .CA Factbook, an annual report on the state of the Canadian Internet, points to deepening mobile engagement among Canadians, a declining interest in cable subscriptions and new opportunities for Canadian e-commerce.

Key findings from the report CIRA

Canadian businesses must seize e-commerce opportunities now

  • The Canadian e-commerce sector continues to grow. According to Statistics Canada, Canadian enterprises sold more than $136 billion in goods and services over the Internet in 2013, up from $122 billion a year earlier.
  • Mobile devices are taking a more central role in e-commerce. According to .CA’s tracking research, 20 per cent of Canadians ages 18-34 have made a purchase from a mobile device.
  • Canadians who are buying online report spending more on transactions through Canadian websites than they do on international ones. Selling to Canadians through Canadian websites, therefore, may be an effective sales strategy
  • A strong web presence affects retailers looking to drive sales in-store; many Canadians report browsing online for goods they will eventually purchase in-store.

“E-commerce represents an important avenue of growth for Canadian companies,” said David Fowler, director of marketing and communications for .CA. “Our research found more than 40 per cent of small businesses do not have websites, yet all Canadians, particularly younger adults, are increasingly making purchases from mobile devices. Canadian small businesses need to get online, and they need to be ready to sell on mobile.”

Additional report findings

  • New sources of online video have turned Canada into a country of cord-cutters: 39 per cent of Canadians without a cable subscription point to the availability of online video as a factor in their decision not to subscribe. Of those with cable subscriptions, 30 per cent of survey respondents are considering canceling their cable subscriptions.
  • Canadians have embraced the mobile revolution and are deepening their engagement on mobile devices: How Canadians use mobile devices is shifting. There was a 46 per cent growth in photo and video sharing (likely due to the popularity of Instagram, snapchat, vine and similar apps.) Mobile viewing of sports content and use of maps and directions applications increased by almost 40 per cent.

Further data is available in the full 2015 .CA Factbook, available online here.

About CIRA and .CA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages the .CA top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. A Member-driven organization, CIRA also develops and implements policies that support Canada’s Internet community, and represents the .CA registry internationally.

Rogers launches Smart Home Monitoring

Ever wonder what your dog does all day? Or forget to turn off the kitchen lights or turn down the heat when you’re off on vacation or at work? Today, Rogers introduced Smart Home Monitoring, a new way for Vancouver and Lower Mainland residents to easily connect, protect and manage what’s happening at home from anywhere, at any time using their mobile, tablet or computer.

With Rogers Smart Home Monitoring, customers can choose from three ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS INC. - Rogers launches home monitoringdifferent packages based on their needs and their budget.  Unlike conventional security platforms, the system can connect to-night vision cameras, lighting, door locks, appliances, thermostats, door and window sensors, and monitor for intruders, motion detection, water leaks, carbon monoxide, smoke and fire. All features are customized and easily controlled through a mobile app.

The Rogers Central Monitoring Station monitors 24/7 for emergency conditions with local police, fire and ambulance dispatch, and real-time text and email alerts are sent to a customer’s mobile, tablet or computer so they know when the kids or dog walker come and go or if someone’s burning toast in the kitchen.

“For most people, their home and what’s in it are their most valuable possessions and they want more than just a security system to protect it,” said Ian Pattinson, Vice-President, Rogers Smart Home Monitoring. “Our Smart Home Monitoring system is a connected solution that gives customers peace of mind to know their home is safe and lets them interact with their home while they’re at work, on vacation or out shopping for the day.”

A recent national survey found that more than 65 percent of British Columbians want to live in a connected home, nearly 5 per cent above the national average. A whopping 79 per cent agreed it would make their life easier.

After launching in Ontario in 2011, Smart Home Monitoring expanded into Atlantic Canada, including New Brunswick and Newfoundland in 2013.

“Our customers love their Smart Home Monitoring systems.  We hear stories every day about how it’s changed their lives so we’re excited to bring this innovation to our customers in Vancouver,” said Pattinson.

Rogers wireless Share Everything™ plan customers who sign up for Smart Home Monitoring will instantly receive a discount on their Smart Home Monitoring service.

The new Smart Home Monitoring service will be unveiled at the BC Home and Garden Show tomorrow, February 18th. Residents in the Greater Vancouver area will then be able to book a FREE in-home demo and assessment by visiting www.rogers.com/smarthome.

About Rogers

Rogers Communications is a leading diversified public Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada’s largest provider of wireless communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services to consumers and businesses. Through Rogers Media, we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).  For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit rogers.com

CRTC releases Let’s Talk TV decisions

Last week the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued two decisions related to some of the issues addressed in Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians, as well as a decision on the future of mobile television content. These announcements concern local television stations, simultaneous substitution and mobile television services.

The way Canadians watch and enjoy content is evolving rapidly. LetstalktvThey increasingly use the Internet and mobile devices to use content. The CRTC wants to make sure that Canada’s television system not only adapts to keep up with the rapid pace of change, but innovates to find new ways to enable Canadians to watch and produce content.

In December 2014, the CRTC published its first decision related to Let’s Talk TV, which banned 30-day cancellation policies of service providers when television subscribers wanted to change service providers. These decisions are the latest announcements further to the Let’s Talk TV conversation. In the coming weeks, the CRTC will issue more decisions related to this process, which will give a forward-looking framework for Canada’s television system.

Over-the-air television

The CRTC has reaffirmed that free over-the-air television is, in the near term, a competitive alternative to cable and satellite television. Local television stations are important sources of local news and information programming for the communities they serve, as well as of entertainment and educational programming.

Also, with multiple online options available, Canadians who choose not to pay for cable or satellite subscriptions can still have free access to their local television stations, many of which are available in high definition with minimal one-time equipment costs. Seventy-six percent of Canadians can receive the signals of at least five stations, and in some cities they can tune in to 15 or more channels. Over-the-air signals offer exceptional image quality because they are not compressed.

The CRTC heard from many Canadians who did not wish to lose access to free over-the-air television. It has put broadcasters on notice that should they decide to shut down their over-the-air transmitters, they will lose the regulatory privileges that come with over-the-air transmission. These include mandatory carriage on the basic packages offered by cable and satellite companies and the ability to ask simultaneous substitution (the temporary replacement of the signal of a television channel with that of another channel showing the same program at the same time).  The CRTC also announced it will check the funding of local and community programming in 2015-2016.

Simultaneous substitution

During the Let’s Talk TV conversation and for a several years, Canadians have complained that simultaneous substitution mistakes cause them to miss certain parts of live events. For instance, they sometimes miss important plays during a football game or part of a presentation at an awards ceremony.

Given that the Super Bowl is a unique event and that the heavily promoted advertising is part of the spectacle, the CRTC has decided to prohibit simultaneous substitutions during the Super Bowl starting at the end of the 2016 NFL season (i.e., the Super Bowl in 2017). It is open to Bell Media, the current right holder, to waive its simultaneous substitution privilege for the 2016 game.

In addition, the CRTC will not tolerate avoidable errors related to simultaneous substitution. It is putting in place regulatory measures to make sure that Canadians don’t miss important parts of the programming they enjoy and pay to watch.

In this regard, the CRTC encourages Canadians to be vigilant and to send complaints when they see a real simultaneous substitution error. Cable and satellite companies that make errors may have to rebate their subscribers, while local television stations that make errors may lose the privilege to ask simultaneous substitution for time or for specific types of programming. The CRTC will announce further details on the implementation of this measure at a later date.

The evidence presented at the Let’s Talk TV public hearing showed that revenues generated by simultaneous substitution are important to the broadcasting system. They keep advertising dollars in Canada, which in turn helps create programs that Canadians value (including news and information), maintains jobs and supports local economies.

For these reasons, local television stations will continue to be allowed to ask simultaneous substitution and cable and satellite companies will be allowed to do it for the time being. Cable and satellite companies, however, will no longer be permitted to do simultaneous substitution for specialty channels.

The CRTC recognizes that many Canadians still rely on over-the-air programming for news and information programming, but it is also clear that the schedule-driven model of the past is changing and a more viewer-centric and on-demand model is emerging. As such, the CRTC does not expect over-the-air television and simultaneous substitution to be around indefinitely.

An open communication system

As Canadians turn more and more to the Internet for viewing content, it is important to make sure that these new platforms are made available to Canadians in a fair and open way. In this regard, the CRTC issued a decision today that reinforces its commitment to an open Internet. The CRTC has directed Bell Mobility and Vidéotron to stop giving their mobile television services, Bell Mobile TV and illico.tv, an unfair advantage in the marketplace, to the disadvantage of other Internet content.

These companies exempted their own mobile television services from their standard monthly data charges. Content from other websites or apps, however, counted against the customer’s data cap.

Bell Mobility must drop this unlawful practice by April 29, 2015. For its part, Vidéotron indicated that it planned to withdraw its illico.tv app for BlackBerry and Android devices by the end 2014. Vidéotron must confirm by March 31, 2015 that this app has been withdrawn and make sure that any new mobile TV service it offers does not give it an unfair preference or advantage over similar services.

This decision will favour an open and fair marketplace for mobile TV services, enabling innovation and choice for Canadians.

Canadian spy agency CSE is monitoring Canadians private online activities

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Canadian spy agency CSE is indiscriminately monitoring the private online activities of millions of Internet users, including Canadians. According to CBC News and The Intercept, CSE monitored over 100 popular file hosting websites, including RapidShare and SendSpace, spying on millions of downloads a day.

The program, named LEVITATION, dates back to at least 2012, while Peter MacKay was the Defence Minister responsible for CSE. The news breaks as MacKay, now Justice Minister, prepares to announce new measures to undermine Canadians’ privacy in legislation expected to be unveiled on Friday.

“CSE is clearly spying on the private online activities of millions of innocent people, including Canadians, despite repeated government assurances to the contrary”, said OpenMedia.ca communications manager David Christopher. “Law-abiding Internet users who use popular file hosting services are now finding themselves under the government’s microscope.”

Read more: https://openmedia.ca/news/breaking-spy-agency-cse-monitoring-our-private-online-activities-massive-scale-and-sharing-sensitive

 

CRTC requires consent for installing computer programs

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CRTCLast week the CRTC announced new requirements for installing computer programs. Businesses installing software or computer programs on another person’s computer must now have their consent.

For example, under the new requirements, it is now illegal for a website to automatically install software on a visitor’s computer or for an app on your phone to be updated without first obtaining consent.

These new requirements are part of Canada’s anti-spam legislation adopted by Parliament that came into force on July 1, 2014. These requirements are designed to protect Canadian consumers from the most damaging and deceptive forms of spam and online threats while ensuring that businesses can continue to compete in the global marketplace.

The CRTC in collaboration with Industry Canada provided information sessions across the country to help businesses understand and prepare for the new requirements. For more information, please view the CRTC  fact sheet.

Canadians are encouraged to report suspected violations of Canada’s anti-spam legislation to the Spam Reporting Centre. The information sent to the Centre is used by the CRTC, the Competition Bureau, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to enforce Canada’s anti-spam legislation. The CRTC has the primary enforcement responsibility and is able to investigate, take action against and set administrative monetary penalties against those who are not in compliance.

Quick Facts

  • New requirements on installing computer programs came into force on January 15, 2015.
  • These new requirements are part of Canada’s anti-spam legislation that came into force on July 1, 2014.
  • Canada’s anti-spam legislation protects Canadians while ensuring that businesses can continue to compete in the global marketplace.
  • The CRTC in collaboration with Industry Canada provided information sessions across the country to help businesses understand and prepare for the new requirements.
  • The CRTC has the primary enforcement responsibility and is able to investigate, take action against and set administrative monetary penalties against those who are not in compliance.

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