‘Project Wide Awake’: How the RCMP Watches You on Social Media

How police are using new software to expand surveillance of citizens’ activities.

The RCMP has been quietly running an operation monitoring individuals’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media activity for at least two years, The Tyee has learned.

The existence of Project Wide Awake has never been reported.

And The Tyee investigation revealed that the RCMP has moved from a “reactive” approach — analyzing specific social media accounts as part of a criminal investigation — to a “proactive approach,” which the RCMP said aims to “help detect and prevent a crime before it occurs.”

That involves ongoing wide-scale monitoring of individuals’ social media use and could pose a threat to Canadians’ privacy and charter rights, say experts.


We are all criminals now. Because it’s 2019! The LPC are also hoping to resurrect Section 13. Fuck them all.

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