Oct 282011
 October 28, 2011  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Sarah Schmidt reports:

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says he won’t budge on the government’s online surveillance laws despite the “deep concerns” of Canada’s privacy watchdog.

In an open letter to Toews released Thursday, privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart publicly pleaded with the Conservative government to rewrite its proposed electronic surveillance legislation to avoid the “possible erosion of our free, open society.”

The lawful access package, first tabled in Parliament in March that died when the federal election was called soon after, would require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to hand over basic personal information of its customers to police without a warrant. ISPs would also be required to revamp their networks to allow for real-time surveillance of online activities of their customers.

Read more on Montreal Gazette.


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