Facebook Listened To Messenger Conversations

  • August 16, 2019
  • Clayton Rice, Q.C.

Google. Apple. Microsoft. Amazon. And now, Facebook is the latest tech giant to confirm using outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services. Here’s the story. On August 13, 2019, in the lead article carried by…

A Hot Target Vehicle

  • July 30, 2019
  • Clayton Rice, Q.C.

On January 16, 2018, the police were on proactive patrol in an area of Edmonton, Alberta, riddled with property crime. They were on the lookout for stolen vehicles. Ford trucks were on the priority list. Then, along came Illay Mohamed…

Privacy And Policing

  • July 16, 2019
  • Clayton Rice, Q.C.

An online sting operation, the entry of private property and a midnight pedestrian stop produced three recent rulings from the Supreme Court of Canada that considered the parameters of police powers under the Charter of Rights. All three cases raised…

Regulating Ethical Artificial Intelligence

  • June 28, 2019
  • Clayton Rice, Q.C.

In June 2018 the European Commission set up the High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (HLEG AI) consisting of fifty-two representatives from academia, civil society and industry. The HLEG AI was charged with the general objective of supporting the…

The Ghost Key Proposal

  • June 16, 2019
  • Clayton Rice, Q.C.

The proposal by Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Britain’s spy agency responsible for signals intelligence (SIGINT), that would silently add a law enforcement participant to digital group chats or calls, has been condemned as posing serious threats to cybersecurity and fundamental…

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