August 11, 2011
OpenMedia original article
The Mark: What Lawful Access means for Canadian online security
Having been postponed twice before this year’s federal election, the “lawful access” bills have continued to haunt privacy and public-interest groups concerned about the lack of related scrutiny coming from the House and mainstream media. Now, with the current session of Parliament and a majority government, the bills may be propelled into law without a much-needed examination of their scope or their general necessity.
Under current laws, internet service providers (ISPs) can voluntarily disclose customer information to the authorities, but they are only required to do so if served a warrant. Bill C-52, Section 16 (1), would supersede this liberty, and force providers to disclose consumer information to the authorities without a court order. Making matters worse, Bill C-50 would enable the police to intercept “communications” – as vaguely defined by Bill C-51 – without a warrant as long as they deem the intervention necessary. This shift toward warrantless investigations removes court oversight from the monitoring of wired and mobile internet, and allows law-enforcement authorities, without justification, to have a free hand in spying on the private lives of law-abiding Canadians.
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