Canada Scraps Controversial Online Surveillance Bill

Law360, New York (February 12, 2013, 7:41 PM EST) -- Canada's justice minister said Monday that widespread public backlash has convinced the government to drop controversial legislation that would have required telecommunications service providers to provide law enforcement with broad warrantless access to consumer data.

At a press conference introducing more-limited surveillance legislation prompted by a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision, Canada's Minister of Justice and Attorney General Rob Nicholson told reporters that the government had elected to drop Bill C-30, a measure that civil liberties groups, the federal privacy commissioner and others had criticized...
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