Latest threat to privacy from gov't

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Latest threat to privacy from gov't




Government agencies are moving to gain access to telephone and internet customers' personal information without first getting a court order, according to a document obtained by that is raising privacy issues.

Public Safety Canada and Industry Canada have begun a consultation on how law enforcement and national security agencies can gain lawful access to customers' information. The information would include names, addresses, land and cellphone numbers, as well as additional mobile phone identification, such as a device serial number and a subscriber identity module (SIM) card number.

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Another good reason not to have a cellphone.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Another good reason not to trust "Canada's New Government" and to pressure the opposition parties to make a stink.

Once again, Harper is circumventing legislative procedure (no announcement in the Gazette and limited public consultation) to introduce a policy change without public or Parliamentary scrutiny. So far, internet and cell phone providers are reluctant to play ball from what I heard on CBC this evening.

Some spokesperson from Stockwell Day's office said that the intended changes would be posted on their site and the deadline for feedback extended into early October. This is a huge change that is an attack on our civil rights. You don't limit consultation to 4 to 8 weeks. Who are these clowns kidding. The privacy commissioner should be more concerned about this than google at this point!

To keep abreast of these developments, I suggest you check out Michael Geist's blog:

[url=]Public Safety Canada and Industry Canada have quietly launched a semi-public consultation on one element of lawful access. [/url]

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

[b]Court ruling may clear the way for more digital surveillance[/b]


Canada's biggest police association says a Supreme Court ruling on who should pay the cost of digital surveillance should clear the way for the federal government to reintroduce legislation that would help authorities to monitor Internet and wireless communications.

The country's top court last week dismissed an appeal by Telus Mobility, which wanted to be compensated for digging up call records as part of two 2004 criminal investigations in Ontario.

The court ruled Telus failed to prove it was forced to take "unreasonable" steps to comply with a court order to hand over the data.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, which represents senior officers at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, believes the ruling has removed one of the biggest roadblocks that has delayed the reintroduction of so-called "lawful-access legislation."

The association has been lobbying Ottawa for such a law since the late 1990s.

The former Liberal government introduced a law, called the modernization of investigative techniques act, that would have compelled telecommunications service providers such as Bell Canada and Rogers Communications to disclose personal subscriber information to authorities upon request. The Conservative government has been working on a new version of the law, which was introduced just days before the Liberal government fell in November 2005.

Police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service can already seek the authority to wiretap private communications through the Criminal Code, CSIS Act and other laws. But the laws were written before the emergence of the Internet, mobile phones and handheld computers, and in many cases the industry hasn't developed the technology to intercept such communications.

The "lawful-access" law, as it is better known, would have effectively forced companies to build intercept capabilities into their networks.

The industry groups have proposed amending the law to "provide reasonable compensation" to service providers for intercepting private communications on behalf of law enforcement and handing over subscriber information.

Compensation has been a long-standing point of contention between telecommunications service providers and the police. Some municipal police forces have refused to pay claims for compensation submitted by telecom providers.

But Pecknold says [b]the Supreme Court ruling clarifies that any right to compensation must be spelled out in the law. "It reiterates the principle that every citizen, corporate or otherwise, has a responsibility to co-operate with the state in matters of public safety."[/b]

Privacy advocates and civil-liberties groups have also raised concerns about the proposed law. Some have speculated the Harper government is hesitant to re-introduce a law that could cause a public backlash over privacy issues.

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