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Bill C-30's "Voluntary" Warrantless Disclosure Provision

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The debate over Bill C-30, the online surveillance bill, has thus far focused on the mandatory disclosure of subscriber information, including name, address, email address, and IP address. The provision represents a significant change in the law, which currently allows ISPs to disclose such information but does not require them to do so. In response to the criticism, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has emphasized that the content of emails or web surfing habits would still require a warrant.

Yet Toews has not talked about a provision in Bill C-30 that creates a voluntary warrantless system that would allow police to ask for the content of emails or web surfing habits and allow ISPs to comply with the request without fear of liability. Section 487.0195 states the following:


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Telecom and Tech Coalition Calls on Government To Stop MicroSD Card Levy

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The Wire Report reports that a coalition of telecom and technology companies that includes Telus and RIM have written to Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore and Industry Minister Christian Paradis to ask that cabinet implement a regulation to exempt the memory cards from the private copying levy. The Copyright Act gives cabinet the right to issue such exemptions. I wrote about this issue last November, asking whether the government would be willing to step in.

Interestingly, the article quotes David Basskin of the Canadian Private Copying Collective, who says that it would be unfair for the government to stop the process before the Copyright Board of Canada has heard the case. Basskin states "it's manifestly unfair. We have a solid case to make, and we look forward to making it. The matter is, as you might say, 'before the courts.' The Copyright Board has the power of a court."

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The Hidden Gag Order in Bill C-30

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David Fraser has an excellent post on how Bill C-30 imposes a gag order on Internet providers who would be prohibited from disclosing disclosures of subscriber information to affected subscribers.
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Bill C-11 Committee Sets Witness List

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The Bill C-11 Committee has set the witness list for hearings that run until mid-March.
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