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Opinion: “Lawful Access” Legislation Is Surveillance

PRIVACY LAW—CANADA

October 31, 2011

In a National Post op-ed, Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian contends that the re-introduction of three federal lawful access bills, C-50, C-51 and C-52, would create "a system of expanded surveillance," adding, "I have no doubt that, collectively, the legislation will substantially diminish the privacy rights of Ontarians and Canadians as a whole." She warns that Canadians "must be extremely careful not to allow the admitted investigative needs of police forces to interfere with or violate our constitutional right to be secure from unreasonable state surveillance." Cavoukian urges the government to redraft the bills. "The government needs to step back and consider all of these implications." 
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