What we’re talking about when we talk about lawful access

by Aaron Wherry

The Ontario privacy commissioner dismisses both the government’s argument and its rhetoric.

“Simply put, criminals have moved beyond 20th-century technology,” Justice Minister Rob Nicholson declared at a news conference Tuesday. “We need to ensure that law enforcement has the tools necessary to fight crime in the 21st century.” To which Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner, replied: “Nonsense.” She called the bill “a major intrusion into our personal lives.”

… Ms. Cavoukian, the Ontario privacy commissioner, said she “was so offended” by Mr. Toews’ statement in the House. “But what it showed to me was the weakness of their case.”

Jesse Brown explains some of the implications. Matt Hartley says the government is mired in backwards thinking. Michael Geist answers your questions and proposes compromise.




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What we’re talking about when we talk about lawful access

  1. You know, when the National Post and (shock) Sun aren’t so hot on this (C)onservative legislation, perhaps that’s some indicator they should back off.

    • The Post and The Sun think the CPC still has Libertarian blood.

  2. Do you think they’ll use that forward-looking 21st century excuse to move on climate change?

    • AGW is pornograhy…another reason we need this bill pronto.

  3. Every dept in our govt….including the DND….has been hacked and raided.  For years.

    It’s safe to say the hackers know more about our economy, military, tech and the situation on the ground in Afghanistan than Canadians do. Because Harper certainly hasn’t let US in on these ‘secrets’.

    Did we move to white-hat hacker cyberwarfare and defence?

    No, the govt is trying to buy jet planes to ‘protect’ us from Russian bombers over the pole!

    So of course the hacking goes on….here and elsewhere.  Even kids have accessed the Pentagon…NASA, and so on.

    So for the GOVT of all people to say ,,,,,,,,“Simply put, criminals have moved beyond 20th-century technology,”  “We need to ensure that law enforcement has the tools necessary to fight crime in the 21st century.” ….is laughable.

    They wouldn’t know the 20th century, much less the 21st….if it bit them in the ass!

    And their RESPONSE …..is to spy on US!

    As futile and dangerous as buying jets to ‘defend ourselves’ against mythical Cold War Soviets.

  4. Hey Aaron, any chance of a Macleans embargo on that Raymond Carveresque headline? 
    Carver wrote other stories, btw. “Where I’m Calling From” could have worked nicely here.

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