Canada Increases Internet supervision

The Canadian government introduced, Tuesday, Feb. 14, a bill giving police more rights to monitor communications on the Internet. This project draws opposition critics.

The Conservative government introduced this initiative as an indispensable means of combating child pornography on the Web, citing examples of providers who have supplied the requested information after several days. « New technologies offer new ways to commit crimes, which make investigations more difficult, » said Justice Minister Rob Nicholson at a press conference.

It authorizes such a police officer to install, without a court order, a device to identify the IP address of a user. It also requires providers to collect and keep certain information.


The conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper with a majority in Parliament said that the law should be passed without difficulty. Opposition parties and groups of civil liberties have said on their side that the text presented to the state had too much opportunity to interfere in the privacy of Internet users.

The Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, who is independent of government,  sent a letter in October to Minister of Public Security, Vic Toews, to express its « deep concern ». « By strengthening the legal mechanism of the state to monitor private content and access, and reducing judicial » law allow the government to  » submit more people to careful monitoring, » Has she writes.

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