1. How long has the Canadian government and law enforcement agencies been secretly seeking Canadians’ private data in general?
2. How long has the government and law enforcement agencies been secretly requesting Canadians’ private data specifically from Canadian telecoms?
3. Who are they targeting and why?
4. Does the government and law enforcement have a secret arrangement with Canadian telecoms that permits the sharing of Canadians’ private data without their knowledge?
5. Do the telecoms get financially compensated for such requests?
6. Why were there more than a million requests for private data in 2011?
7. Has that number gone up since then?
8. How many Canadians overall have been targeted for their private data?
9. How many foreigners living in Canada overall have been targeted for their private data?
10. Does Prime Minister Stephen Harper authorize any or all of these requests? If not, who is responsible?
11. Is the government and law enforcement agencies requesting private data of Harper’s opponents be they NDP or Liberal politicians, activists or journalists?
12. How many Ottawa officials were aware of these secret requests?
13. How many private data requests led to arrests, trials and convictions?
14. Why weren’t Canadians informed of these requests?
15. How many warrants have been issued for these private data requests and how many have been warrantless?
16. If the government and law enforcement were only requesting “names and addresses” from Bell Canada, why didn’t they just search for this publicly available information online or through a phone book?
17. Besides Bell Canada, who are the other eight telecoms that have received these requests?
18. How many have been refused by any or all of these telecoms?
19. Are the telecoms not saying much because they’ve been muzzled by secret Canadian federal law?
20. What is the actual private data being requested?
21. Is it metadata? Email addresses and messages? Phone calls? Web chats? Cam chats? Social media postings? Medical files? Licenses? Voting information? Other private information?
22. What happens to this data once it’s in the hands of the government and/or law enforcement?
23. Is it being collected and stored in a secret information database?
24. If it is indeed being collected, how long is it in storage?
25. Who has access to this requested private data?
26. Has any of this private data, if retained, been destroyed?
27. Has any of this private data been shared with the NSA or any other intelligence agency outside Canada?
28. Does the government and law enforcement request Canadians’ private information through Canadian Internet companies?
29. How many privacy data requests are part of secret “terrorism” investigations?
30. Where are the whistleblowers?
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
UPDATE: A possible answer to number 28.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Thursday, May 8, 2014