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Shady Canadian ISPs are routing data to the NSA

Shady Canadian ISPs are routing data to the NSA
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I spend a lot of time covering the massive incursion into our privacy by the NSA. It's every bit as bad as you think it is.

But up north of the border, my many Canadian listeners and readers enjoy stronger privacy laws like The Privacy Act of 1983 and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

Unfortunately for Canadians, as much as 90 percent of their Web traffic is routed through American servers, which are fair game for NSA snooping.

A new study from The University of Toronto shows that Canadian Internet service providers aren't nearly as transparent as American companies about the extent of government incursions into their users' privacy:

No carrier providing internet services directly to Canadians has yet followed the lead of major US internet service providers, such as AT&T, Verizon, Google, Facebook or Twitter, and proactively reports on the frequency of law enforcement requests and how they respond to them.

Check out this ranking table of Canadian ISPs. None of them score higher than 3.5 out of 10, and all of them have a serious lack of transparency regarding their routing practices.

Canada ISP star table

Source: Andrew Clement and Jonathan Obar
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