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Van Loan’s Misleading Claims: Case for Lawful Access Not Closed

The push for new Internet surveillance capabilities – dubbed the "lawful access" initiative – dates back to 1999, when government officials began crafting proposals to institute new surveillance technologies within Canadian networks along with additional legal powers to access surveillance and subscriber information.  Over the past decade, lawful access has stalled despite public consultations, bills that have died on the order paper, and even a promise from former public safety minister Stockwell Day to avoid mandatory disclosure of personal information without court oversight. Last June, current Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan tabled the latest lawful access legislative package.  Much like its predecessors, the bill establishes new surveillance requirements for Internet service providers. In an about-face from the Day commitment however, it also features mandatory disclosure of customer information, including name, address, IP address, and email address upon request and without court oversight.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) notes that lawful access has long faced at least two significant barriers.  The first involves ISP costs associated with installing new equipment and responding to disclosure requests.  The government has attempted to address those concerns by promising to help pay the bills.  It plans to provide some funding for new equipment and, in a little noticed provision, has opened the door to paying ISPs for providing customer name and address information to law enforcement authorities.  

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September 29, 2009 38 comments Columns

Van Loan’s Misleading Claims: Case For Lawful Access Not Closed

Appeared in the Toronto Star on September 28, 2009 as Case For Net Spying Not Closed Appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on September 29, 2009 as The curious case of the ISP access request that wasn't The push for new Internet surveillance capabilities – dubbed the "lawful access" initiative – […]

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September 29, 2009 1 comment Columns Archive

What the Spring Legislation Might Mean, Part One

Common Ground has a great article by Vancouver artist Kimberly Baker focusing on the impact of Bill C-47, the recently enacted Olympic marks bill (thanks Nicolas).

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August 2, 2007 Comments are Disabled News

More on the Olympic Marks Bill

The Globe and Mail has coverage – I comment along with VANOC and IPIC.

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June 28, 2007 Comments are Disabled News

Movie Piracy and Olympic Marks Bills Receive Royal Assent

Minutes before the Senate shut down for the summer on Friday, both the movie piracy bill (C-59) and the Olympic marks bill (C-47) received royal assent and are now part of the law of the land.

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June 23, 2007 2 comments News