Things Governments Do That Make Me Nervous

(Image is from Andrew Barr at the National Post)

When governments seek to expand their powers of surveillance, I get nervous even if the target is organized crime.

The Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights recently released its report on the State of Organized Crime. According to JDSupra, a blog from Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, the Standing Committee makes a recommendation . . .

Requiring telecommunications service providers and device manufacturers to decrypt communications or to provide assistance to law enforcement agencies to decrypt electronic communications. Without discussion of the potential effects on citizen privacy rights and legal privileges (e.g. solicitor-client privilege), the Standing Committee recommended that telecommunication service providers be required to assist in the decryption of intercepted communications.

It is the "without discussion of the potential effects on citizen privacy rights" that should concern us. An inadvertent attack on privacy rights is as dangerous as a conscious effort to restrict them.

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