Canadian online surveillance bill may breach privacy law, charter

A new bill that would require telecommunications providers to give police subscriber information without a warrant will likely be challenged in the courts if crucial changes aren’t made, critics say.”A court challenge, I think will be inevitable, if this law passes as is,” said University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist, who holds a Canada Research Chair in internet and e-commerce law.To read this CBC report in full, see: see:Why a Lawful Access Compromise Can Be Found by Michael Geist
The launch of Bill C-30, the online surveillance legislation dubbed the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, went about as expected with the government taken to task with big brother imagery (“Say Hello to Big Brother Government”) and criticism over the lack of evidence (“Conservatives hew to common sense save for bizarre crime fixation”), the security threats (“Online surveillance bill will be ‘a gold mine’ for hackers: Ontario privacy commissioner”), and the absence of a thoughtful digital vision (“Canada’s embarrassing failure on lawful access legislation”). The divisive comments from Public Safety Minister Vic Toews seemed to shape much of the dialogue, serving to ratchet up the rhetoric and overshadow both the modest changes to the bill and the legitimate remaining concerns of many Canadians.

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