Canada’s embarrassing failure on lawful access legislation

February 14, 2012

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Source: Matt Hartley, National Post

It’s time Canadians come to grips with the unfortunate truth that the federal government simply isn’t interested in demonstrating any sort of thoughtful leadership when it comes to the pressing digital issues of our day.

On Tuesday, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews tabled so-called “lawful access” legislation in the House of Commons in Ottawa, part of a move designed to vastly increase the powers of law enforcement agencies to monitor the online and phone habits of Canadians.

At its core, the new bill will require Internet service providers and cellphone companies to hand over basic customer information — including names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and IP addresseses — to authorities when requested, without the need for a warrant.

Dubbed “online spying” by critics, the bill is expected to require ISPs and phone companies to install equipment for real-time surveillance and create new police powers designed to obtain access to the surveillance data.

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