Jim Bronskill of Canadian Press reports:
The federal privacy watchdog is trying to help the Conservative government find a compromise in its contentious bid to bolster Internet surveillance powers.
A blueprint solicited by the privacy commissioner’s office proposes new procedures to give police and spies key information about Internet users while retaining the principle of judicial oversight, a memo obtained under the Access to Information Act shows.
The federal legislation [Bill C30] would allow police, intelligence and Competition Bureau officers access to Internet subscriber information — including name, address, telephone number, email address and Internet protocol address — without a warrant. An IP address is the numeric label assigned to a computer on the Internet.
Read more on Vancouver Sun. The proposal would insert judicial oversight. Whether this proposal can garner enough support remains to be seen, but C30’s lack of judicial oversight sets Canadians up for rampant invasions of privacy at by law enforcement and should never become law, in my opinion.