Archive for October 29th, 2012

Law Enforcement Renews Demand for Internet Surveillance Legislation

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police renewed its call for Internet surveillance legislation on Friday, urging the government to move forward with Bill C-30. The CACP release included a new video and backgrounder. Law enforcement officials now admit that parts of the bill require amendment, yet as David Fraser points out in this detailed post, the reality is that “lawful access” is irretrievably broken (I’ve posted in the past on the many changes that are needed to restore balance to Bill C-30). As Fraser argues with respect to mandatory disclosure of personal information:

To put it very simply, if the police cannot convince a judge that the connection should be made, they should not be able to obtain it. If you can’t convince a judge that it will lead to evidence of a crime, the cops should go back to the drawing board.

While the CACP insists that “Canadians need to understand what lawful access is truly about”, it unfortunately resorts to headline grabbing claims that have little to do with the bill.  Much like the government’s initial focus on child pornography, the CACP jumps on the recent focus on cyber-bullying, stating:

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October 29, 2012 12 comments News

CRTC Requires Greater Transparency on Wholesale Rates

The CRTC announced on Friday that it would require greater transparency from incumbent telecom and cable companies when setting wholesale rates. The lack of disclosure was a major source of concern during the usage based billing dispute last year.

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October 29, 2012 2 comments News