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      Justice Minister Will Not Amend Online Surveillance Law

      Nov 09, 2011
      According to a Canada.com article, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddert said she would like the government to rewrite its proposed lawful access of electronic surveillance legislation to avoid the “possible erosion of our free, open society.”

      According to a Canada.com article, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddert said she would like the government to rewrite its proposed lawful access of electronic surveillance legislation to avoid the “possible erosion of our free, open society.”

      “Rapid developments in communication technologies are creating new challenges for law enforcement and national security authorities and that the Internet cannot be a lawless zone,” Stoddart wrote in an open letter.

      Canada.com reported the lawful access package would require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to hand over customers’ basic personal information to police without a warrant. It would also require companies to assist police in the testing of online surveillance and ISPs would have to rework their networks to allow for real-time surveillance of customers’ online activities.

      Despite Stoddart’s concerns, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says he won’t budge on the government’s online surveillance laws.

      “Our approach strikes an appropriate balance between the investigative powers used to protect public safety and the necessity to safeguard the privacy of Canadians,” Toews said.

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