John Ibbitson of the Globe and Mail reports here that privacy commissioners are concerned about “lawful access” legislation that the Conservatives are going to introduce in Parliament. It would allow police to access information from someone’s Internet service provider such as his or her cell phone number, IP address, and email address without a warrant. Ibbitson writes that:
The privacy commissioners believe that the federal government should not be giving police the power to acquire detailed information about who you are online without a judge’s say-so. The government says that the new powers are necessary to deter crime and terrorism.
The Conservatives argue that allowing the police to access this information is not a breach of privacy because this information just says who a person is. It is similar to what is found in a phone book. While the police could access this information without a warrant, they would need to obtain a warrant to actually monitor someone. The privacy commissioners, however, believe that the police should have to obtain a warrant to access this digital information.