Geist Outlines Access Proposals
PRIVACY LAWNovember 19, 2010
In the Ottawa Citizen, University of Ottawa faculty member Michael Geist provides the gist of three bills tabled earlier this month that he says could "reshape the Internet in Canada." Geist describes the proposals' three-pronged approach. "The first prong mandates the disclosure of Internet provider customer information without court oversight," he writes, while the second prong "requires Internet providers to dramatically rework their networks to allow for real-time surveillance." The third prong creates new powers for law enforcement to obtain access to surveillance data. "Few would argue that it is important to ensure that law enforcement has the necessary tools to address online crime issues," Geist writes. "Yet these proposals come at an enormous financial and privacy cost..."