David Fraser writes:
Once again, the Government of Canada has put “lawful access” back before Parliament.
Notice that it again allows for the police and “national security agencies” to require the personal information of telecommunications customers without a warrant.
I will post a link to the bill itself as soon as I can get my hands on it, but in the meantime here’s the press release from the Department of Justice…
The Investigating and Preventing Criminal Electronic Communications Act would address challenges posed by today’s technologies that did not exist when the legal framework for interception was last updated nearly 40 years ago. The Act would require service providers to include interception capability in their networks, thereby allowing law enforcement and national security agencies to execute authorizations for interception in a more timely and efficient manner with a warrant. The proposed Act also calls for service providers to supply basic subscriber information upon request to designated law enforcement, Competition Bureau and national security officials.
Requirements to obtain court orders to intercept communications will not be changed by this Act. This legislation will simply help ensure that, when warrants are issued, telecommunications companies have the technical ability required to intercept communications for the police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
Read more on Canadian Privacy Law Blog.