Opinion: Lawful Access Legislation Too Invasive
SURVEILLANCEAugust 20, 2011
In an column for The Globe and Mail, Lawrence Martin contends that proposed "lawful access" legislation will give law enforcement authorities "a freer hand in spying on the private lives of Canadians." Martin writes that 9/11 changed "the view that the citizen's right to privacy was paramount...and now the expansion of intrusive power is set for passage as part of the Conservatives' omnibus law-and-order legislation." Noting that the nation's federal and provincial privacy commissioners "are lining up against the legislation, as are citizens' groups," he warns that combining "the lawful access measures in the omnibus crime package will help limit debate and public rancour."