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Conservative Lawful Access Bill has Serious Implications for Canadians’ Privacy

Posted on February 15, 2012

OTTAWA– Liberal Public Safety and National Security critic Francis Scarpaleggia made the following statement today on the Conservative government’s lawful access legislation:

“The Conservative government introduced an omnibus bill on lawful access that will have serious implications for the privacy rights of Canadians. As the bill will be sent to a parliamentary committee, there will be an opportunity for Canadians to closely scrutinize and concur in the bill’s shortcomings.

Liberals are concerned about the lack of judicial oversight in this bill relating to subscriber data, and that forcing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecomms providers to have the capacity to trace and store data could create a very slippery slope.

In 2007, then Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day promised that Conservative government legislation on lawful access would require judicial oversight in order for police to obtain subscriber data. They have broken that promise with today’s bill. This, combined with the fact that this is a governing party that has proven itself willing to violate online privacy before, makes it clear that the Conservatives cannot be trusted to protect the privacy rights of Canadians.”