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Canadian Civil Liberties Association Demands RCMP Halt Spyware Use

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), a human rights organization that aims to protect the rights, dignity, safety, and freedoms of all people in Canada, has urged the federal government to immediately curb the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)'s spyware use. In a parliamentary filing earlier this year, the RCMP admitted to using what it...

Public Safety Minister Defends RCMP Spyware Use on Cellphones and More

After the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) previously admitted to using spyware to invade citizens' phones, laptops, and more, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino on Monday defended the Mounties' actions before MPs (via The National Post). The RCMP can use spyware — or "on device investigative tools," as the agency calls it — to gain...

Alberta RCMP Launches Mobile App for Non-Emergency Reporting

The Alberta Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has launched a new app that makes it easier for Albertans to report non-urgent crimes and incidents directly from their smartphone. The app is free to download from the App Store for iOS and Google Play for Android and also features news releases, detachment locations, and crime maps/statistics....

RCMP’s Use of Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition Software Amounts to ‘Mass Surveillance,’ Says Privacy Commissioner

The RCMP broke privacy law by using controversial facial recognition software that put innocent Canadians in a "24/7 police lineup," the federal privacy commissioner says. According to a new report from CBC, Canada's national police force performed "hundreds" of searches using facial recognition software Clearview AI's database, made of billions of photo scraped from the internet...

Langley RCMP Issue $15,000 in Distracted Driving Fines and Penalties in 5 Hours

RCMP in Langley, British Columbia, announced this week distracted driving remains a real problem on Lower Mainland streets, as Provincial Distracted Driving Enforcement Day on March 3, resulted in over $15,000 in fines and penalties in five hours. Langley Traffic Services said two separate operations spent five hours on a distracted driving blitz, at Highway...

Prince George RCMP Using Amazon Bait Packages to Catch Mail Thieves

Const. Brent Benbow has told CBC News that the Prince George RCMP has been using Amazon bait packages with GPS trackers in them to catch mail thieves. Working with Amazon on the initiative since last January, Prince George is the first city in Canada to do this, revealed Benbow, who regularly shops on Amazon himself. Benbow told...

RCMP Warn of Sophisticated Amazon Phishing Scam Making the Rounds

RCMP in Manitoba have sent out a warning about a sophisticated Amazon phishing scam making the rounds. Phishing email scams look to create authentic-looking web pages to trick users into logging in with their credentials, thus revealing their login details to scammers. Manitoba RCMP recently tweeted, "Don’t login to any account pages unless you navigated...

RCMP in British Columbia Begin Distracted Driving Enforcement Blitz

According to a new report from CBC News, RCMP officers in British Columbia have started a distracted driving enforcement blitz. If you are a driver that is caught using an electronic device twice within a three-year span, you will be charged $2,000. Throughout the month of March, police officers across the province are stepping up...

Privacy Watchdog Says RCMP Unlawfully Used Cellphone-Tracking Machines 6 Times

According to a report released by Canada's privacy commissioner, the RCMP used unlawful cellphone tracking technology six times. These devices are known as “IMSI catchers,” which can intercept and identify cellphone metadata. The CBC report found the device being used in recent months in close proximity to Parliament Hill and the U.S. and Israeli embassies. Between 2011 and 2016...