Monday, August 22, 2011

Lawful access legislation to retain warrant requirement?

Fantino last night:
Speaking to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police in Windsor, Ont. Sunday evening, associate Minister of National Defence Julian Fantino said the government will retable a bill designed to address a “pressing real need” for police officers to track those who use the internet to evade or break the law.

“I am happy to tell you that this fall — once Parliament returns — we will re-introduce our lawful access legislation, which will give police the ability to lawfully intercept transmissions from the internet and mobile phones with a court approved warrant,” he said.

The legislation will require internet service providers to share subscriber information under warrant.
Fantino suggests they won't be doing away with a warrant component, i.e., court oversight. Fantino's remarks come in the wake of Stockwell Day being quoted in last week's Lawrence Martin column as affirming his support of the warrant requirement and then advising us to wait and see the legislation. A warrantless regime, ripe for abuse, might not come to be.

But as with everything with this government, best to wait and see what the details of the proposed legislation are.

Update (7:00 a.m.): Something that could be related to this news.