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
. 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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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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