Claire Wählen


Ottawa, ONCanada

Claire Wählen

Former parliamentary reporter, focused on national and digital security, privacy, and cyber stuff.



Identifying privacy flaws in Harper-era legislation could take 'years': commissioner

“On the whole, all of the bills discussed here are tied together by a common thread. The Liberals voted for all three pieces of legislation in the previous session, two of which saw no amendments despite these and other complaints being lodged by experts and academics. C-13, the Protecting Canadian from Online Crime Act — was supported by the privacy commissioner’s office in its primary aim: to create criminal offences for cyber-bullying, online exploitation and harassment.

Anonymous leaks personal data of COP21 officials in protest, including Canadians

At least a dozen Canadians are among roughly 1,415 officials whose personal log-in details were leaked by the hacker group Anonymous at the UN climate change conference held in Paris. Included in the dozen Canadians found by iPolitics in the publicly released data dump are two federal departmental officials, from Environment and Agriculture.

Goodale making no quick calls about online police powers

Following RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson chilling warning that his police force cannot protect Canadians from cyber crimes, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale seemed unwilling to wade into the questions Paulson raised about Canada’s legal framework. “He and I have not had the chance to have that conversation yet and I’m looking forward to hearing the elaboration of his views,” Goodale told reporters at the Securetech conference in Ottawa.

C-51's post-election fate may not be so simple: Forcese and Roach

In it, they call C-51 a ‘wasted opportunity’ for much-needed constructive reform created as a ‘knee jerk reaction’ to the terror attacks last October in Ottawa and St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., that left two soldiers dead. The book recommends a more evidence-based approach, calling for a publicly released review of the October attacks and targeted repealing of sections of C-51 based on the findings.

CPC ad will likely never see court challenge under C-51: experts

Legally, the Conservatives might have an airtight defence: themselves. A few paragraphs below the new laws criminalizing the advocating, promoting or commissioning of terrorism content is a piece on consent: “No proceeding under this section shall be instituted without the Attorney General’s consent.”.

Senator Mobina Jaffer says fight over C-51 is just getting started

“I’ve actually never been as frightened as I am now,” says Senator Mobina Jaffer. She’s no stranger to the issues, having been appointed Canada’s first Muslim senator just one week after 9/11. She said she “immediately got pushed into these issues” back then, when the security-versus-privacy debate was just heating up — but she wasn’t as scared then as she is now.

'Anonymous' calls massive cyber-attack on feds a protest against C-51

The hacker collective Anonymous is taking credit for a massive cyber-attack on the federal government that made multiple government websites go dark this afternoon — apparently in protest against the Harper government’s controversial security legislation, C-51. “A bill which is a clear violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as removing our legal protections enshrined in the Magna Carta for 800 years,” reads the script for an Anonymous video posted on YouTube.

Canada's torture inquiries cost PCO, CSIS more than $31.6M

The cost to Canada of shedding light on the “transfer, detention and torture” of four Canadian citizens came to at least $31.6 million, according to the government’s response to an order paper question. Senate report detailed the extent of CIA torture programs during the Bush era. The information given was incomplete and it’s not clear to what extent the $31.6 million includes the costs of employees of the ministers or officials who were involved with the commissions investigating what happened.


Claire Wählen

Claire has covered national and digital security, privacy and cyber-pretty-much-anything.

She’s reported on top breaking news stories, including the Oct. 22 attacks at Parliament Hill, the subsequent pieces of anti-terror legislation and the 2015 Canada federal election. She’s written on stories involving Canada’s policies on torture, surveillance, refugee security, and cyber defence.

Claire was nominated as part of a group for the 2014 CAJ Marketwired Data Journalism Award for her work on an investigative reporting project, Burned.

Claire graduated from the University of King’s College with double honour in journalism and political science, having specialized in contemporary politics and digital media. She hopes to someday write a book.

Claire’s writing has been featured in iPolitics, the National Post, Vice, the Tyee, the Chronicle Herald, the Telegraph Journal and several campus papers.

She is ever present on Twitter @Claire_Wahlen.



  • Reporting
  • Writing
  • Encrypted communication
  • Investigative research
  • Social media