February 14, 2012 in Featured
Online surveillance critics siding with child porn: Toews (CBC):
Critics of a bill that would give law enforcement new powers to access Canadians’ electronic communications are aligning themselves with child pornographers, Canada’s public safety minister says.
“He can either stand with us or with the child pornographers,” Vic Toews said of Liberal public safety critic Francis Scarpaleggia during question period on Monday, after Scarpaleggia asked about a bill expected to be tabled Tuesday.
The “Act to enact the Investigating and Preventing Criminal Electronic Communications Act and to amend the Criminal Code and other acts” appeared Monday on the parliamentary website that lists bills scheduled to be introduced.
The bill is expected to contain provisions from previous similar bills that have raised the concerns of privacy watchdogs and consumer advocates. Those “lawful access” provisions would:
- Require internet service providers to give subscriber data to police and national security agencies without a warrant, including names, unlisted phone numbers and IP addresses.
- Force internet providers and other makers of technology to provide a “back door” to make communications accessible to police.
- Allow police to get warrants to obtain information transmitted over the internet and data related to its transmission, including locations of individuals and transactions.
- Allow courts to compel other parties to preserve electronic evidence.
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