“We are all being watched,” Edward Snowden said during his lecture at McGill via video link last Wednesday.
The conference he gave couldn’t have occurred at a better time—in the days prior, it was revealed that the Service de police de la ville de Montréal and the Sûreté du Québec had been spying on journalists.
The revelations of police surveillance on journalists across Quebec are highly disturbing, but not only journalists need privacy. Privacy is necessary for freedom of the press, freedom of thought, and freedom of speech.
Aside from bringing police forces to court and advocating for legislative changes, taking steps to protect your own privacy is your most effective weapon against surveillance. These digital privacy tools are available to everyone. Use them.
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