Lawful access and online freedom


Alexander Ly and Andrew Webb oppose the government’s “lawful access” legislation.

Under current laws, internet service providers (ISPs) can voluntarily disclose customer information to the authorities, but they are only required to do so if served a warrant. Bill C-52, Section 16 (1), would supersede this liberty, and force providers to disclose consumer information to the authorities without a court order. Making matters worse, Bill C-50 would enable the police to intercept “communications” – as vaguely defined by Bill C-51 – without a warrant as long as they deem the intervention necessary. This shift toward warrantless investigations removes court oversight from the monitoring of wired and mobile internet, and allows law-enforcement authorities, without justification, to have a free hand in spying on the private lives of law-abiding Canadians.

Our own Peter Nowak considers the future of governance in the Internet age.


Lawful access and online freedom

  1. There’s not much we can do about the govts in Iran and Egypt and China….but the Canadian govt should have it’s hands smacked hard….with a mallet.

    Not much point in our claiming to have a free society otherwise.

    • And sadly, because we are not as bad as Iran and Egypt and China, someone’s going to come along below you and support this bill–probably in the name of freedom and democracy.

      • Yeah, it’s amazing how much freedom we’re losing…’in the name of freedom and democracy’.  Odd, but seems to be happening.

  2. Warrantless wiretaps here we come! 

    Should we start an over-under on how long this takes to result in a huge police abuse scandal?

  3. Don’t worry, I’m sure AVR or Le_o will be along any minute now to let us know how we can trust the CPC when they give the police forces these powers.

    Yup… any minute now…

    ..real soon, I’m sure..

    …probably stuck in traffic or something..

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