Canadian Privacy Watchdog Blasts Surveillance Bills

Law360, New York (October 27, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT) -- Canada's privacy commissioner told the country's public safety head on Wednesday that the government had not justified the need for electronic surveillance bills that would allow it to access citizens' email and Internet Protocol addresses without a warrant.

The government should not be able to lift citizens' personal information from Internet service providers without prior court authorization, especially since the powers granted by the bills are not limited to specific, serious crimes or emergencies, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart wrote in a letter to Minister of Public...
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