Sunday, August 21, 2005

Careful what you say…

The Windsor Star:

The federal cabinet will review new legislation this fall that would give police and security agencies vast powers to begin surveillance of the Internet without court authority. The new measures would allow law-enforcement agents to intercept personal e-mails, text messages and possibly even password-secure websites used for purchasing and financial transactions.

Under current law, it is illegal to intercept and open letter mail, but it is unclear whether e-mails are in the same legal category. The Defence Department's Communications Security Establishment has the ability to intercept all telephone communications within Canada and calls across the border, but must obtain ministerial permission to intercept and record telephone calls in which at least one Canadian citizen is involved. And police need court permission to eavesdrop on telephone conversations.
What was wrong with these checks on police powers? Were they an inconvenience?

1 Comment:

Lisa said...

From today's London Free Press:

"A provincially- commissioned report says the Ontario government is not doing enough to protect the personal information it gathers on citizens.

The review, conducted by Deloitte & Touche, acknowledges that the government has taken several steps to beef up privacy protection since a major accidental leak of social insurance numbers last fall.

But the report calls for more robust privacy policies, procedures and other initiatives.

The study was prompted after Ontario's information and privacy commissioner, Ann Cavoukian, found systematic problems in the government's cheque-dispensing system.

That finding followed the inadvertent release of 27,000 Ontario child supplement program cheques containing stubs with someone else's SIN attached.

The newly-formed Government Services Ministry submitted the report to Cavoukian's office."