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Opinion: Lawful Access Bill Would Erode Civil Liberties

PRIVACY LAW

April 15, 2011

In a Macleans.ca editorial, Jesse Brown says a bill that would expand police powers over Canadians' personal information is cause for concern. The "lawful access" crime bill would grant police access to personal data via Internet service providers without a warrant. Last month, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart and the country's provincial privacy commissioners sent a letter to the government expressing concerns about the bill and calling it problematic. The commissioners wrote that there was insufficient justification for the bill and asked for less-intrusive ways to fight crime. "It's a promise to do significant damage to the civil liberties of every Canadian," writes Brown.
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